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Rogers Centre History

Now known as Rogers Centre, this world class entertainment facility has been home to the Toronto Blue Jays since June 5, 1989. The stadium is best known for the retractable roof which is one of many innovations that can be found in a stadium that was ahead of its time. SkyDome was renamed Rogers Centre on February 2, 2005.

At conception, the building took an innovative approach to financing, construction and design. Until 1994, it had been owned by The Stadium Corporation of Ontario, a consortium comprised of both public and private funds. The Province of Ontario and the Municipality of Toronto each contributed 30 million dollars. Joining these two levels of government were 30 Canadian corporations including the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. Each private company contributed 5 million dollars in exchange for preferred supplier status and a SkyBox. Rogers Centre was previously owned by Sportsco International, L.P. (April 1999), the principals of which were Alan Cohen and Harvey Walken. The final construction cost of SkyDome exceeded 500 million dollars.

  • Original Rogers Centre

Architects Rod Robbie and Michael Allen designed the building and had patented its retractable roof system. Preparation of the site began in April 1986, with groundbreaking taking place in October of that same year. The last exterior concrete was poured in November of 1988 and the first test of the moveable roof panels took place in January 1989. More than 10,000 person-years of employment were created by the construction of Rogers Centre.

The venue is located just to the south and west of the CN Tower, between John Street and Blue Jays Way. A five minute walk from Union Station, it is easily accessible by the TTC or Go Transit.

Rogers Centre is home to the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club as well as plays host to numerous events during the year such as concerts, trade shows and charity functions. Also located in the building is the Renaissance Toronto Hotel, a 348-room hotel with 70 rooms overlooking the field. Rogers Centre houses several corporate offices for various companies including the Toronto Blue Jays.

One of the unique features of Rogers Centre is that it can be "transformed" from one mode (ie. baseball) to another mode (ie. football or concerts) within hours. The 100 level seating areas are situated on railway tracks that allow the seats to move for conversion purposes.



  • Rogers Centre's roof system features a series of 3 moveable panels and 1 stationary panel. Panels 2 and 3 slide on parallel rails while panel 1 slides on a circluar rail "tucking" underneath 2 and 3
  • the roof operates on a system of steel tracks and 54 drive mechanisms called "bogies" and is powered by a series of DCmotors that generate over 750 horsepower
  • roof area is 339,343 square feet or 31,525 square metres
  • weight is 11,000 tons
  • span at widest point- 674 feet or 209 metres
  • height is 282 feet or 86 metres (from field level to highest point)
  • covering is single PVC membrane on insulated acoustic steel deck
  • 100% of the field and 91% of the seating area is exposed with the roof open
  • open/close time - 20 minutes (71 feet or 21 metres per minute)


  • In 2005, the club purchased an integrated display and scoring system from Daktronics
  • Main display in centre field is 33 feet high (10.0 metres) by 110 feet wide (33.6 metres).
  • Colour outfield wall displays, left and right-centre field are 10 feet (3.05 metres) by 65 feet (19.8 metres).
  • The full colour ribbon boards along the 300 level facing are four feet (1.2 metre) by 435 feet (132.6 metres)
  • The scoreboard has highly versatile programming capabilities including the ability to display full colour commercials during events.
  • The screen is one of the industry's leading with PROSTAR® VIDEOPLUS which utilizes state of the art led (light emitting diode) technology. This will provide excellent resolution, increased brightness and improved viewing angles.
  • The majority of spectators have a great view of the scoreboard.
  • Even those few fans who are sitting in sections beside the video board can still view the screen in addition to the coloured display boards on the outfield wall which measure 10ft high x 65ft /3 metres x 20 metres wide, and coloured display boards on the 300 level facing boards which measure approximately 4ft high x 435 ft/1.3 metres x 132.6 metres long on each side.
  • Images can travel the entire 435 foot span of the screen.
  • The video boards have the ability to work in tandem with one another or independent of one another.


  • five levels: 100, 200, 300 Luxury Suites, 400 Luxury Suites, 500 level
  • 49,282 for baseball * Subject to change
  • 47,107 for football * Subject to change
  • Other events subject to change based on floorplan