Major League Baseball’s Blue Jays have won approval for significant renovations to their Rogers Centre home in downtown Toronto, Canada.
Major priorities of the renovation will be modernising the Blue Jays player facilities and improving the fan experience around the stadium.
The Blue Jays are still finalising designs and budgets and the club eexpects to complete about 30% of the work next off-season and the reaminder in the winter of 2023-24.
The club isn’t planning to change the dimensions or situation of Rogers Centre’s playing surface, with the renovation’s largest and most noticeable impact coming to the stadium’s lower bowl, which will be completely replaced. Rogers Centre’s exterior will remain mostly untouched.
President and CEO Mark Shapiro said:
The majority of the impact is going to be felt in the lower bowl and concourses, but we will touch every part of the interior of the stadium, not much on the exterior. It’s not the renovation for the next 50 years -- it’s probably for the next 10 to 15 -- but we’ll still have a stadium issue. It just gives us good runway to deal with a very complex issue on a stadium. What does that look like if we stay where we are? What does that look like if we move?
Some of the work has begun already, with an upgraded and expanded scoreboard in centre field this offseason. New lighting has also been installed.
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