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The Toronto Blue Jays unveiled the completed first phase of Rogers Centre renovations, featuring a brand-new Outfield District that will transform the fan experience at the 34-year-old ballpark. Blue Jays fans have five days until the 2023 Home Opener on April 11, where they can enjoy the five distinct neighborhoods and new social spaces, available to everyone with a game ticket.

Mark Shapiro, President and CEO, Toronto Blue Jays, was joined by Edward Rogers, Chair of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chair of Rogers and Tony Staffieri, President and CEO, Rogers, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reveal the largest-scale infrastructure project since Rogers Centre opened in 1989. The new Outfield District is part of a multi-year $300 million privately funded renovation that will be completed between 2024 and 2025. It is the largest-scale infrastructure project since Rogers Centre opened in 1989.

The Blue Jays began the first phase of renovation construction on October 14, 2022, with PCL Construction. The structural demolition took 35 days and approximately 21,000 worker hours, with the new build beginning on November 14, 2022.

The result is a dramatically different Rogers Centre experience, immediately noticeable when fans enter the ballpark. Designed with Populous, the new Outfield District features social spaces to gather with friends and get closer to the action; live entertainment off the field; and food and beverage menus that reflect the city of Toronto.

Five Outfield Neighborhoods

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The Corona Rooftop Patio. (Photo / Provided by Blue Jays)
  1. Corona Rooftop Patio (500L right field) – at this rooftop patio nestled in Toronto’s iconic skyline, fans can gather with friends while enjoying live music beneath the CN Tower.
  2. Park Social (500L left field) – a park within the park for fans of all ages, featuring games and comfortable places to hang out while watching the game
  3. The Stop (100L center field behind the batter’s eye) – a neighborhood bar to grab a quick drink and bite with friends on the way to the next Outfield District destination; an ode to stadium history in a space originally planned as a transit stop.
  4. The Catch Bar (100L right field above the visitors’ bullpen) – the place to see and be seen; grab a cocktail and perch above the visitors’ bullpen with unprecedented views to catch all the action up close.
  5. WestJet Flight Deck (200L center field) – the place fans know has a refresh with retro arcade games.

New Social Space Renovations

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Schneiders Porch (Photo / Provided by Blue Jays)
  1. Schneiders Porch (200L right field corner) – the open-air porch has epic views of right field as well as hot dog culinary creations and direct bar access.
  2. Rogers Landing (right field corner beside the visitors’ bullpen) – bring gloves to this open-air home run landing pad, with uninterrupted front-row views of the outfield and visitors’ bullpen.
  3. Bleacher Seating (100L bowl behind the visitors’ bullpen) – watch opposing pitchers in these retro-style bleachers directly behind the visitors’ bullpen.
  4. Left and Right Field Balconies (100L concourse outfield corners overlooking the home and visitors’ bullpens respectively) – prime bullpen views await to watch pitchers warm up while taking in the action over left and right field.
  5. Drink Rails (throughout ballpark) – visitors can grab a drink and post-up at a new spot every inning.

To learn more about additional completed projects, including new concessions and innovations, visit the Blue Jay’s website.

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