The New Rogers Centre Dirt Infield Is Almost Complete And Looks Terrific

Rogers Centre
Photo Credit: Stephen R. Brooks-Toronto Blue Jays

OK, so obviously I what I really mean is that it “looks terrific if you use your imagination and fast forward to the end of next week, when the Jays open up the home portion of their schedule against the Red Sox.” But that was a little bit too wordy for a title.

It’s true, though! As we can see from a fresh set of images — including the one above, which I’ve cropped and brightened (here’s the original) — that were tweeted out by the club’s VP of business, Stephen Brooks (aka @sbrooksbaseball), this afternoon.

The turf hasn’t been groomed yet, Stephen adds, so relax about that already. And check out some shots from field level, too:

Rogers Centre
Photo Credit: Stephen R. Brooks-Toronto Blue Jays

Rogers Centre
Photo Credit: Stephen R. Brooks-Toronto Blue Jays

Rogers Centre
Photo Credit: Stephen R. Brooks-Toronto Blue Jays

For reference, here’s what it looked like just three days ago, on Saturday:

Getting there!

  • KingofRoncy

    Seems to me they would want a test game played on the modified field to ensure they set it up right. I would want to have someone (minor leaguers maybe?) play on it to test it for compactness, the dirt to turf lip, etc. whatever.

    • Barry

      I believe that’s the plan, isn’t it? Maybe not minor leaguers, but I believe someone (Brooks?) said that they’re going to bring in “elite amateurs” to test out the field.

      • Firefly

        Nobody will be playing a game on the field before opening day. The field will be put through tests for rolling, bounce etc.. like it was when then new turf was installed last year.

  • Barry

    This’ll either be step one towards a real (grass) field or the final major change to the field of play. I believe the report from U of G is due in April, then Rogers will have to decide whether conversion is worth the cost (assuming it’s possible).

    Part of me is hoping the cost will be so high that Rogers will say, “You know what? Let’s just build a brand new baseball-only stadium instead.” Unfortunately, that part of me is at odds with the part of me that says “Can you really see Rogers doing that?”

      • Barry

        They would build it in a far less ideal location than where they are now and they would have trouble getting government to pay for it and would not want to cover the entire costs themselves. That’s why there is a sentence after the one you quoted that starts with the word “unfortunately.”

      • Firefly

        Grass field is estimated at around $300 million with discussion of a transparent roof if grass is sustainable inside the stadium. Many factors have to be addressed for grass to be put in.