Blue Jays provide update on Phase 2 of Rogers Centre’s renovations

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Thomas Hall
10 months ago
Regardless of how the 2023 season plays out for the Toronto Blue Jays, changes will be made next off-season – to the Rogers Centre, that is.
Phase 1 of the ballpark’s $300-million renovation concluded shortly after this season began, causing the Blue Jays to open on a 10-game road trip before returning home on April 10. With the second phase of that plan kicking off in the fall, they’ll be forced to endure a similar fate in 2024.
The organization revealed on Thursday what some of those improvements are expected to look like when fans arrive for the home opener next spring, as the team shared a new video rendering of the upgraded lower bowl, which will be redesigned to better adhere to a one-sport stadium.
One of the most significant changes will impact foul territory, both in left and right field, with it being reduced by roughly 3,000 square feet. As such, it’ll play closer to Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium’s dimensions, as each stadium’s foul grounds shrink dramatically halfway down each line.
Most importantly, though, new seating will be inserted to match the upper bowl, and each section will also feature the cupholders – a feature Blue Jays fans have been demanding for decades.
The renovations will also introduce new premium seating options behind home plate and along the infield sections, catering to bigger events and family groups. This will also provide unique viewing experiences not previously available.
Once completed, the Blue Jays hope their updated stadium will increase their chances of hosting the 2027 All-Star Game, bringing the mid-season event back to Toronto for the first time since 1991.


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