The Toronto Blue Jays unveiled the first renderings and a closer look into a multi-year, $300 million renovation that will transform the Rogers Centre from a stadium into a full-on ballpark!
There will be more to do, eat, drink and experience than ever before through a series of projects focused on modernizing the fan experience and building world-class player facilities at the Rogers Centre.
“This renovation to Rogers Centre will deliver an enhanced ballpark experience for fans of Canada’s team so they can gather to cheer on the Blue Jays and make cherished memories with family and friends, as they have for the last 33 years,” said Edward Rogers, Chair of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chair of the Board, Rogers Communications. “We proudly support the efforts of Mark and the entire Blue Jays leadership team as they embark on this project, and we have the utmost confidence in their ability to build both a winning team on the field and a modern ballpark that meets the evolving needs of our passionate Blue Jays fans.”
A series of projects are phased over the coming two to three offseasons, focused on the interior of the building (100L and 200L outfield, 500L, 100L infield, and field level).
What new Rogers Centre areas will you discover at ballpark dates this spring and summer?
The Corona Rooftop Patio will be at the 500 level (right field) and introduce a rooftop patio oasis to Toronto’s ballpark with a view of the city skyline and CN Tower to gather with friends. The patio will offer a full menu of everything you’d want in a summer patio, headlined by the full Corona family of products, plus frozen cocktails and modern takes on ballpark classics.
Park Social at the 500 level (left field) will be an open-air “park within a park.” Think grass, lawn games like corn hole and giant Jenga, plus food truck-style eats such as bacon-pepper grilled cheese, brownie sundaes, and milkshakes! There will be comfy and super photo-worthy spots to hang out and have the best summer vibes for all ages.
The Stop at the 100 level (centre field) sits behind the batter’s eye in a space originally planned as a transit stop, and is an ode to stadium history. It showcases the many different neighbourhoods that Toronto’s transit system runs through and is the perfect spot for a quick drink before the first pitch. Here, find diverse menu items like Banh Mi sandwiches, Jamaican beef patties, batched cocktails and more!
The Catch Bar at the 100 level is the spot to be seen and catch a home run with unprecedented views above the visitors’ bullpen. The sleek and modern bar offers craft cocktails and trendy food bites such as mac and cheese with Montreal smoked meat, Cuban sandwiches, and brioche pretzel bites.
Not only are these new areas coming to the Rogers Centre, but the well-known and beloved WestJet Flight Deck got a face-lift as well.
At the 200 level (centre field), the Flight Deck got a brewery-style refresh with new menu options, like ballpark classics with innovative options. Think smoked BBQ brisket sandwich, jerk chicken nachos, and specialty flavoured popcorn!
Looking for the newest, hottest venue for corporate events, buy-outs and social gatherings? You can now host group events with varying capacities (50 to 300 fans) in the first two rows of this fan-favourite space.
At the 100 level Mezzanine, bring your party right into the action with amazing views, a spot beside the visitors’ bullpen, and in stellar home-run catching territory. This area can hold 50-60 people for your event.
The 200 level Terrace has direct bar access and directly over right field. This area can hold a larger capacity of 75-100 guests.
In time for the 2023 Home Opener
The renovations will need to happen in two or three phases, so not everything will be ready this year. Fans can expect to see these updates to the Rogers Centre in time for the April Blue Jays Home Opener.
- Creation of multiple new social spaces with patios, drink rails, bars, and viewing platforms
- Raised bullpens surrounded by traditional and new bleacher seats, as well as social viewing areas that look into the bullpens to increase fan and player interaction
- 100L seats brought forward to the new outfield walls to brings fans closer to the game
- Corona Rooftop Patio and Park Social
- Replacing every 500L seat from the originals when the building opened
- 5,000 sq. ft. weight room
- Players’ family room
- Staff locker rooms
We can’t wait for spring and summer dates! Check out these date ideas in the meantime and count down until the Home Opener on April 11th.