Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays have unveiled the scope and first renderings of a multi-year $300 million renovation of Rogers Centre.
The Jays say the work will transform Rogers Centre from a stadium into a ballpark through a series of projects focused on modernising the fan experience and building world-class player facilities.
Rogers Centre was conceptualised as a multi-purpose stadium when it opened in 1989 and has not undergone a large-scale renovation in its 33-year history.
The scope of the new project will address the most important challenges with the current stadium, while not rushing the necessary long-term work needed to maintain the ballpark for future generations of fans, according to the Jays.
A series of projects are phased over the coming two to three off-seasons, focused on the interior of the building, including the 100L and 200L outfield, 500L, 100L infield, and field level.
The exterior of the building, turf field modification, and roof are not included in the current scope.
Projects will be completed during the off-season as to not impact baseball activity in-season.
2022-23 offseason projects, completed for Opening Day 2023 include:
100 level and 200 level outfield
100 level infield
Mark Shapiro, president & CEO, Toronto Blue Jays, said:
We are committed to building a sustainable championship organisation for years to come, and this renovation to Rogers Centre will give new and lifelong Blue Jays fans a ballpark where they can proudly cheer on their team.
This project would not be possible without the support of Edward Rogers, Tony Staffieri, and our Rogers ownership group, who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Blue Jays, both in fielding the best team to win championships, as well as in the infrastructure needed to create a modern ballpark for our fans and players.
After a successful partnership on the Blue Jays Player Development Complex, the club is once again working with industry-leading Populous on architectural design.
Edward Rogers, Chair of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chair of the Board, Rogers Communications said:
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.
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.
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