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Old August 20th, 2017, 05:55 PM   #581
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Cheers to the Blue Jays by A Great Capture, on Flickr
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Old March 4th, 2018, 04:54 AM   #582
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What's going on with the make over of the Rogers Centre. It's been a while since it was discussed.
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Old April 17th, 2018, 01:22 AM   #583
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Today's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals was postponed due to falling ice from the CN Tower puncturing a hole in the Rogers Centre roof.

http://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/04/1...d-falling-ice/

Here's a few pics from around Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Brendan_Dunlop/s...54277133664261

https://twitter.com/ShiDavidi/status/985953320257794048
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Old April 17th, 2018, 03:19 PM   #584
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Wow I had no idea it was Teflon. I just assumed it was something stronger.
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Old April 21st, 2018, 06:47 PM   #585
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Wow I had no idea it was Teflon. I just assumed it was something stronger.
Right? That place must be freezing cold during the winter.
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Old April 26th, 2018, 07:56 AM   #586
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Father and son team clamber across massive, steep, slippery surface to patch Rogers Centre dome roof
Falling ice caused “significant” damage to the Rogers Centre dome, and Joe and Dave Carneiro, go-to guys for repairs, swung into action.
Apr 20, 2018
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Dave Carneiro is used to looking up to his father … especially when dad is strapped to a rope hundreds of feet above the ground, walking along the edge of the Rogers Centre.

Dave and his father, Joe Carneiro, are the industrial roofers who scaled the stadium’s dome this week to patch it up after ice from the CN Tower smashed through it, cancelling the Blue Jays game that night.

“We’ve been servicing this building since day one,” said Dave, 40. “People don’t know, but we come here every spring. We walk the entire roof. Ice from the CN Tower, it’s normal.”

The Star reached Dave on Friday when he was in a swing stage on a TD tower on Bay St., busy doing a re-roofing job there. He was working at the Rogers Centre until Thursday, he said, adding that crew members will work through the weekend to get the job done by next week.

Joe was on the dome Friday afternoon, however, continuing his search for holes and fixing them.

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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack... . Are you kidding? Times have changed at the ol' ball game. Now, fans seated in the Toronto Blue Jays premium gameday experience of the Ticketmaster Lounge will have to pick from tempting items like Fried Goat Cheese with Smoked Strawberry, Arctic Char Crudo with - oh, my beating heart - Micro Cilantro and Pink! Peppercorns.

The menu wafts redolent and decadent with ingredients like Mango Emulsion, Almond Gazpacho, Yukon Potato Puree, Rainbow Kale and Oka Cheese with Apple Butter and Pickled Pear on a Seedy Cracker.

Yes, I was treated to a first look at the Blue Jays premium seating layout for the 3rd level area behind home plate that used to be the press box. The media (what's left of them) have been turfed out of their comfy confines on the 300 level and moved into the deserted football press box on the 400 level, down by the left field foul pole.

Broadcast booths remain behind home plate on the 400 level.

The press box now is a premium seating area with outstanding views of the game. The 50 or so front row seats are now offered at around $33,000 per seat for the season ($400-ish per game). Second row and up goes for $24,000 per seat. The decadent food menu items are extra.

It's actually a smart and gutsy move by the club. They had a large area of unused space in a long-deserted press box once required for the tiny media contingent covering the Argos CFL team that was evicted a couple of years back.

In baseball mode, that area was never going to be marketable to fans. Too far up and away from the infield action. But sticking the media up there hardly matters. They're just glad to have a job and a bag of the Jays' award-winning fresh popcorn. There's HDTVs galore to offer detailed replays if they can't see the action clearly. All views supplied courtesy of the Jays telecom owners, Rogers Communications.

And the club now can use the old press box to generate some nice money - $3-4 million minimum if fully occupied all season. They'd need to have a top team to make that happen.

Of course, the Jays are a long, long way from contending again as they did in recent seasons. But even if the seats don't sell out, they've got new high-end inventory to give to their productive pals in the ticket scalping industry.
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Celebrating 'an engineering marvel': Toronto's iconic SkyDome opened 30 years ago
Ever since it opened in 1989, it's been a fixture on Toronto's skyline. Here's a look back at the dome.
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It had taken approximately two years and was nearly four times over budget, and when it was finally time for Toronto's SkyDome to open to the public 30 years ago, there was another problem: rain was in the forecast.

But after all of their efforts, there was no way organizers were going to let the moment pass without showing off the building's signature retractable roof.

"We didn't work this hard, this long to scratch the main attraction," developer Chuck Magwood said at the time.

It was a landmark that was supposed to cost taxpayers $150 million. By the time it was finished, that price tag had ballooned to $570 million. All the more reason to put on a big show opening night, rain or no rain.

Entertainers Alan Thicke and Andrea Martin, rock band Glass Tiger and the Toronto Symphony were just some of the performers on hand for the opening ceremony on June 3, 1989. Some 50,000 spectators were also in attendance, ready to see the world's first-ever retractable roof open.

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Old June 5th, 2019, 04:11 AM   #590
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The Opening of SkyDome: A Celebration

If you ever wanted to watch the entire broadcast for the SkyDome celebration, it's on YouTube.

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I don't understand why Rogers put a $900 million bid on the Bills, was willing to pay the relocation fee and drop a billion dollars on a football specific stadium yet have no plans to spend any real money to update the Rogers Centre.
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Old July 5th, 2019, 04:36 PM   #592
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What’s ahead for the Rogers Centre? John Tory says stadium’s future is uncertain

More than a month after the Rogers Centre turned 30, Mayor John Tory says the future of the multi-purpose stadium is uncertain.

“There’s now a decision to be made when it comes to the owners, of whether to reinvest in the building or build something new,” said Tory on Newstalk 1010 on Wednesday. “I think you’re going to see some action on it, because (Rogers Communications, the owners) have a decision to make.”

The domed stadium, once hailed as a beacon of modern technology for its fully retractable roof, has required extensive repairs over the past decade, leading some to question its sustainability and value as a sporting arena.

The question now is whether repairing the stadium is as cost-efficient as building an entirely new one for its primary inhabitants, the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I think the people at Rogers are aware of the fact that the notion that you’re going to get a lot of big cheques or any cheques written by government for the stadium is not likely to happen,” said Tory. “Therefore, they’re going to need to come up with a way to pay for it.”

Tory said it’s also unclear where a new stadium would be built, and who besides the Blue Jays would use it.

“Is it just a stadium for the Blue Jays? Is it something more than that? Do they still have ambitions for the NFL?” Tory asked. “So, stay tuned, I think you’re going to see some action on the stadium, because they have a big decision to make.”
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...uncertain.html
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Old July 9th, 2019, 10:34 AM   #593
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No one builds multi purpose stadiums anymore. Anyone who thinks that MLB and the NFL will combine on a new stadium in Toronto need their heads examined.
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No one builds multi purpose stadiums anymore. Anyone who thinks that MLB and the NFL will combine on a new stadium in Toronto need their heads examined.

I see your point but MLS and NFL still do in some cities. BMO in Toronto is one of them. But as for Skydome. I see the status quo. No major renovations and no new stadium either. I also don't see the NFL coming anytime soon. That ship has sailed.
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Soccer and NFL are practically the same field sizes. Those games sharing are not a drama. Try to fit a CFL field or Baseball field with soccer or NFL and HUGE compromises have to be made to accommodate one or the other.

Remember the Metrodome's black garbage bag wall?
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