Archive for the ‘Rogers Centre’ Category


From the Jays’ official Twitter account we get the image above of the completed renovation of what used to be known as Windows Restaurant– the bizarre enclosed restaurant inside of a domed stadium– which is well-timed, since Opening Day is, for this city, just six days away.

The area is now, as we’ve been following, an open air porch accessible to fans seated in all levels of the stadium.

Check out below the jump for a look at how the renovation has progressed…

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Over the weekend, Jays PA announcer Tim Langton– who appears to have been doing duty at some sort of motorcross event– tweeted out the above picture of the current state of the changes taking place in the outfield at Skydome, and quite clearly the club’s new outfield concourse has come a long way since we last saw it.

On a related note, Paul Beeston showed up on Prime Time Sports back on Thursday and explained what was going with the changes in a segment that also included a bunch of chatter about the Jays’ dreams of another major change to the facility.

“Windows Restaurant doesn’t exist anymore,” Beeston told Bob McCown and Stephen Brunt. “Windows is out. The windows are gone, and anybody that comes into the stadium will be able to walk out there– there’s going to be no seating there, but you’ll be able to walk. There will be tables, and you’ll be able to watch from the outfield, as to what it is, and whether you’ll be coming from the 500 level down there or from the 100 level going up, you’re going to be able to watch it from centre field in an open area. I was out there the other day, Bob– it was fantastic. It’s got that feel– it’s kind of opened it up.”

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Here we have, via the Jays’ official Twitter feed, the best angle on the changes taking place in the Rogers Centre that we’ve seen yet. And I’m thinking it looks pretty not half bad, whatever it is– though obviously not finished just yet.

You may recall that the last time we caught a glimpse of the progress, the only photo available required the kind of attention to detail usually reserved for the Zapruder film just to get a sense of what the hell you were looking at. Here, not so much.

Because… uh… as you can see… uh… the windows are gone.


No, you’re mailing in a post. Again.


“Limited” is the word of the day, it seems, as this morning the Jays held a pre-sale for single game tickets, including their annual season-opening drunkfest, for subscribers to their Inside Pitch newsletter, but prefaced it with a word of warning last night:

Turns out the warning was a good idea, as it was only minutes after the sale began at 10 AM ET that folks began taking to Twitter to express grief at not being able to get in on the Opening Day party.

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In the aftermath of last week’s State of the Franchise event I received the following tweet about the fate of Windows Restaurant– the once-swinging canteen that sits beyond the outfield fence at Rogers Centre, above the batter’s eye– which as you can see from the updated image above is being worked on in anticipation of the upcoming season.

It was tough to see back on Tuesday night, with the way the stadium was lit, and the event centred around the farthest part of the park from Windows, but it certainly looked to be so.

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The Blue Jays put the 2013 version of what used to be called the Toronto Star Pass, then became the Fan Pass, and is now apparently the Ballpark Pass on sale today to previous pass holders only, and there has been a great deal of confusion. The system has been overloaded with people trying to get passes, on the presumption that availability, even for those who had them last year, is going to be extremely limited.

While I don’t know exactly what the availability will be, there continues to be people on Twitter lamenting the fact that they logged in and found that the passes were no longer available– i.e. they appeared to be sold out.

As of the time of this writing (just before 11 AM ET on Wednesday), that is not the case. The Jays’ seem to be dropping the ball when it comes to telling folks this, but lots of people have tried multiple times and finally managed to get the passes, despite it seeming on the first attempt as they were already sold out.

Minor Leaguer, from over at Bluebird Banter, has also been on top of this, and added this gem of a tweet:

Now, that isn’t necessarily to say you should just wait until then and expect them to still be available, but go ahead and keep trying. Then, please, spread the word and help stop the hissy fits.

I really keep my Fan Pass in pretty damn good shape, don’t I? Of course, as you may well know by now, this thing is practically already a relic, as the 2012 edition Fan Passes may be the last that many people get to see.

The absolute steal of a deal, formerly known as the Toronto Star Pass– an access card that costs around $100 and gets you a 500 level ticket to every home contest, provided it’s not already sold out on game day (with one exception: the home opener)– will be very limited this season, as the Jays seem to have found that by putting a World Series contender on the field, fans are actually willing to buy a whole lot more tickets than the ticket office is used to seeing.

Lots of people have been asking about this, both in the comments of various posts and on Twitter, so while some information may be redundant, since it’s all floating around out there on the internet, with nothing else going on today, and the announcement of the sale of 2013 ones expected soon, it seems a good time to make it concrete-ish and review what we think we know. (And please, if I’ve missed something, or misrepresented something, let me know in the comments and I’ll update!)

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