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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Rogers Centre owner pauses plans for Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium amid pandemic

Rogers Communications Inc. says it was exploring the future of its Toronto stadium before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but the virus has caused it to put those plans on hold.

“Prior to the pandemic, we were exploring options for the stadium but through this year our primary focus has been keeping our customers connected and keeping our employees safe, so there is no update on the Rogers Centre to share at this time,” said the telecommunications company’s spokesperson Andrew Garas in a statement to The Canadian Press.

His remarks come after the Globe and Mail reported Friday that Rogers and Brookfield Asset Management Inc., were looking to tear down the stadium as part of a larger development project.

The two companies would build a new stadium half the size on the southern part of the current site and use the remaining land for residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space, the Globe said, citing unnamed sources.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2020 at 01:18 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 28, 2020 at 02:31 PM (#5991425)
The two companies would build a new stadium half the size on the southern part of the current site and use the remaining land for residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space, the Globe said, citing unnamed sources.
Where would the Blue Jays play during that construction? Another shuffle off to Buffalo?
   2. Brian C Posted: November 28, 2020 at 03:23 PM (#5991433)
Olympic Stadium is available!
   3. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: November 29, 2020 at 10:02 AM (#5991469)
A third stadium in 45 years? My gut reaction is that this is a lot of different stadiums. Here are the expansion teams number of parks;

Diamondbacks - 1
Marlins - 2
Rockies - 2
Rays - 1
Twins - 3 (since move)
Orioles - 2 (since move)
Royals - 2
Angels - 3
Astros - 3
Mariners - 2
Mets - 3
Expos/Nationals - 4 (plus Hiram Bithorn)
Brewers - 3 (includes Sicks)
Padres - 2
Senators/Rangers - 5
   4. puck Posted: November 29, 2020 at 11:14 AM (#5991476)
Rockies - 2

It's really only 1. They played a couple seasons in the football season but funding for the baseball stadium had been approved if they won an expansion bid, and that was pretty much a requirement for winning a bid.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2020 at 11:45 AM (#5991480)
That would be true for the Royals too, they were already building Royals Stadium by the time the Royals began play in 1969 at Municipal Stadium.
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: November 29, 2020 at 03:30 PM (#5991513)
4/5 - Yeah that's really true of a bunch of those teams. Just about every expansion team had a short term home before their shiny new park opened. When you factor that in and the Blue Jays being on a genuine third home in 45 years is an outlier though of course it's the way of the world (see Braves, Rangers new parks).
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: November 29, 2020 at 04:28 PM (#5991515)
When you factor that in and the Blue Jays being on a genuine third home in 45 years


Except the Jays original stadium wasn't built for the Jays. It was 20 years old when the Jays began play there.

I think the typical stadium should last a little longer than 30 years, but neither Exhibition or SkyDome is looking at the kind of shelf life of Turner Field or the original BPIA.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 29, 2020 at 05:47 PM (#5991522)
The two companies would build a new stadium half the size on the southern part of the current site and use the remaining land for residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space, the Globe said, citing unnamed sources.

How is the new stadium going to be half the size? You can't shrink the field much. Is it going to seat 8,000 people?
   9. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: November 29, 2020 at 06:21 PM (#5991526)
Exhibition wasn’t built for the Jays but it wasn’t a temporary home like say Mile High for the Rockies. They playedd there for 13 years.
   10. Rally Posted: November 29, 2020 at 06:33 PM (#5991527)
Yeah, really 1 for Angels. They first played in a minor league park, then rented from the Dodgers. They moved into their forever home in 1966. Some renovations and name changes since, but its the same park.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: November 29, 2020 at 07:18 PM (#5991531)

Exhibition wasn’t built for the Jays but it wasn’t a temporary home like say Mile High for the Rockies. They playedd there for 13 years.


To an extent, but at least Mile High was originally designed for baseball. They rejiggered Exhibition to fit a baseball stadium, much the same way they did in Miami for the Marlins. I don't think the Jays ever considered it a good place to play baseball, even if they were stuck there for a baker's dozen years.

   12. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: November 30, 2020 at 12:51 PM (#5991614)
8- I _think_ that the Skydome, has a really big footprint, relative to field size.
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I started following baseball as a kid in the early/mid 80s, and, as such, always had a child's (lack of) understanding with these things, but Exhibition seemed like a facility that was more used for baseball than optimized for it and kind of interim.

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