The Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose venue that lies in downtown Toronto, Canada. When it opened on June 3, 1989, it was the first building in the world to have a completely retractable roof. The Centre has five levels of seating with a baseball capacity of 49,539. See the Rogers Centre seating chart for more details about seats at the stadium.
The artificial playing surface is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball as well as the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The Blue Jays played their first game at Rogers Centre on June 5, 1989. In 2005, the Blue Jays upgraded all video boards throughout the stadium to full-color, LED technology, and the main display in center field covers 3,630 square feet.
The Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel, which is inside the Rogers Centre, is a very unique establishment because it’s the only hotel in the world that lies inside a sports facility. It has 348 rooms, and 70 of them have floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook right-center field. Baseball fans visiting Toronto have a chance to stay in a top-notch hotel, and watch a Blue Jays game from the comfort of their room.
The Rogers Centre is host to more than just baseball and football games during the course of the year. Trade shows, charity organizations and concert promoters find that the Rogers Centre is a good venue for their events. This means that work crews often need to work quickly to convert the Centre from one format to another. As a way to hasten the conversion from the baseball format to something else, the field design included building the pitcher’s mound on a platform that workers can raise and lower via a hydraulic system. In addition, workers can very easily change the configuration of the seats at field level because these seats sit on top of railway tracks.
The nearly 100 concession stands in Rogers Centre are located on the 100, 200 and 500 levels, and there are 24 different vendors who supply food and beverage items that can please all fans. For example, Quaker Steak and Lube at section 134 has delectable chicken wings served with sauce and onion rings. Shopsy’s Deli at section 124 has tasty sandwiches with corned beef, pastrami or Montreal smoked meat. Fans might also want to try the Muddy York Market at sections 106, 110 and 514. This is a cafeteria where fans can get such varied selections as Asian wok fare, wraps, sandwiches, pasta and sushi.
Groups of 12 to 60 people who want to have a social outing at a Blue Jays game can take advantage of the party rooms at Rogers Centre. These are located on the 400 level down the left and right field lines, and they include food service as part of the arrangement. There are also 95 Luxury Suites on the 300 and 400 levels behind home plate on both the first and third base sides. Many businesses in Toronto use these suites to entertain clients because of the enhanced ballpark experience they provide.