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Old August 4th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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TORONTO - Skydome (52,230)

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1992, 1993



Formerly known as SkyDome, the venue was renamed the Rogers Centre on February 2, 2005, having opened on June 3, 1989.

Over 2,000 events have been staged and more than 50 million people have visited Rogers Centre - famous the world over for its fully retractable roof. From 1996-1998, the facility also received the prestigious "Prime Site of the Year Award" from Facilities Magazine and recently won the Toronto Tourism Award for "Employer of the Year." For four consecutive years, the facility received the "Stadium of the Year Award" voted by Billboard, Amusement Business and Performance Magazine.

Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club™, World Series Champions in 1992 and 1993, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Team™ who won the Grey Cup in 1991, 1996, 1997 and 2004. Rogers Centre facility's versatility allows it to accommodate a variety of events suited for an arena, a domed stadium and an open-air facility.

Roger Centre facility's capacity ranges from 5,000 to 60,000 for sports events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and conventions. In 1997, the facility hosted a record of 302 event days with announced attendance for events and tours of 4,500,000, making it one of the busiest venues in the world.







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Old August 4th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #2
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i was there in june of 1989 was the third game since opening day against baltimore the attendance was 48,239 blue jays lost 5-4 but it was a great great day won't forget it
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Old August 4th, 2007, 05:45 PM   #3
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I was there 2 years ago, nice stadium. The attendance was really poor though, something like 20'000.
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We need some kind of facade to the exterior of the Rogers Skydome. The facade has often been criticised for appearing 'cold' and imposing cause the exterior material is concrete.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 12:37 AM   #5
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actually all the large windows on the front (facing south) have pictures pasted on them of jays players.

the stadium looks quite nice if you ask me.

been there twice, once in 92, and once last year. don't remember it in 92, i was like 4 years old, but last year it was a saturday afternoon game against the yankees...sellout!

going again in September to a game.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 07:33 PM   #6
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I went to a Blue Jays game in 1991, and the place was pretty full...
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Old August 8th, 2007, 06:24 AM   #7
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if the blue jays suck, it gets around 20,000...if they are doing well or the yankees are in town, 40,000-50,000 it is.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #8
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Getting ready for the 95th Grey Cup game November 25th. It's the national championship of football in Canada. That's Canadian football or what many outside Canada call gridiron. It's our nation's biggest day in sport and the second oldest trophy in North American professional sport after the Stanley Cup in hockey. The Grey Cup was first contested in 1909. By comparison, its cousin the Superbowl, was first contested a full 58 years later in 1967.

Go Argonauts! Oldest team in North American professional sport.

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Is that really so ??
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Old October 18th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #10
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Let's go Blue Jays!!
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Old October 18th, 2007, 10:36 PM   #11
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Word is that the Buffalo Bills want to start playing a few exhibition and regular-season games here.
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Is that really so ??
The Argonauts were formed in 1873. Are they not the oldest pro team in North American sport? I know there are a few very old professional baseball teams in the USA, but the Argonauts pre-date them. The National League wasn't even founded till 1876. The American League was founded decades later. If I'm wrong, that's fine, but I don't think so.

The Argonauts definitely pre-date any other team in pro basketball or hockey. As far as football goes, football didn't even arrive in the USA till 1874. The Toronto Argonauts are often billed as the oldest, and the history books seem to back this up quite concretely.

Hope they make it to the Grey Cup this year. Go Blue!

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The Argonauts were formed in 1873. Are they not the oldest pro team in North American sport? I know there are a few very old professional baseball teams in the USA, but the Argonauts pre-date them. The National League wasn't even founded till 1876. The American League was founded decades later. If I'm wrong, that's fine, but I don't think so.

The Argonauts definitely pre-date any other team in pro basketball or hockey. As far as football goes, football didn't even arrive in the USA till 1874. The Toronto Argonauts are often billed as the oldest, and the history books seem to back this up quite concretely.

Hope they make it to the Grey Cup this year. Go Blue!
Well the Cincinnati Red Stockings were founded as the first professional Baseball team in 1869. The same year football was invented if you believe wiki.

Hamilton Tigercats can go back to 11/03/1869.

So lets just say Toronto is ONE of the oldest.

Sorry but Saskatchewan is going to kick your ass!
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Old October 19th, 2007, 01:22 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info. The Cincinnati Red Stockings folded in 1870. A new team using that same name was formed in 1876. Cincinnati could make the argument that they were the first pro team along with the Hamilton Tigers, but that's about all.

The Toronto Argonauts are the oldest continually running team, but I guess the Hamilton Tiger-Cats could also legitimately lay claim to that. The Hamilton Tigers were formed in 1869 and merged with the Hamilton Wildcats to become the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. So, todays team in Hamilton is the same organization from 1869, in most respects.

Oldest? I'll compromise. The Toronto Argonauts are the oldest continually running team in North American pro sport. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the oldest team in North American pro sport.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 02:15 AM   #15
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I was there 2 years ago, nice stadium. The attendance was really poor though, something like 20'000.
it's getting better rest assured
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How come the CFL doesn't seem to be a big draw? And what leagues did the Argos play in before the CFL came around??
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How come the CFL doesn't seem to be a big draw? And what leagues did the Argos play in before the CFL came around??
The CFL is now on an up cycle. In the mid 90's the league was struggling with attendance and the horrible experiment of expansion into the United States. It's now in resurgence with rapidly improving TV ratings and higher attendance. These pictures look to be from about 8 years ago when the Argonauts were only drawing about 10 to 15 thousand. They're now drawing about 30 to 35 thousand. CFL is still nowhere near as popular in Toronto as it is elsewhere in Canada where there are fewer viewing options for pro sports. The CFL is massive in places like Montreal, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.
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