The Toronto Blue Jays are still awaiting the work stoppage to end due to the MLB lockout. Players are beginning to see what playing opportunities are available overseas, mainly in South Korea and Japan. There has been no movement from any players linked to Toronto but should the lockout push on longer through the offseason it could become a reality.
The lockout has almost reached 30 days and has put a damper on any news and updates from teams. The Blue Jays organization has announced that they are investing $200 – $250 million USD in the renovation of the Rogers Center. This news is exciting for Blue Jays fans as this means the dome will remain the home of Toronto for years to come, this follows rumors that Rogers was planning on a possible stadium relocation in the next few years.
Rogers Center Reno
The Toronto Blue Jays will continue to play in the iconic Skydome, now known as the Rogers Center in downtown Toronto. The home of the Blue Jays since 1989 when they made the move to the dome from Exhibition Stadium where they played their first few seasons. The Rogers Center cost $570 Million USD to construct and has been an iconic part of the city’s skyline ever since.
The Blue Jays won their back-to-back world series pennants at the Rogers Center as fans witnessed Joe Carter’s walk-off home run to win the World Series in 1993. Fast forward to 2015 where we witnessed the iconic Jose Bautista bat flip during the intense playoff series with the Texas Rangers. There have been plenty of memorable moments in the dome and knowing the team will remain there for the foreseeable future is good news.
The renovations are rumored to be carried out by the same companies that built the new Yankee Stadium, also Brookfield Asset Management and the architect company populous will be among the leading companies in the Stadium Renovations. Populous was the company behind the new-look training facility for the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida.
The renovations are expected to include a redesigned lower bowl seating and will be focused on modernizing the look of the Stadium to increase revenue. The plans and final details will be finished and a formal announcement will be made prior to the 2022 season beginning. The renovations are expected to take place over a couple of off-seasons to ensure that there is no disruptions to the team playing home games in the Rogers center.
New Upgrades for 2022
Toronto Blue Jays fans will notice a couple new upgrades when they enter the stadium for the upcoming 2022 season. A new video board is being installed during the offseason and upgrades to the concourse are underway and are expected to be completed by the beginning of the season.
There is plenty on the go for the organization and the new Renovations will bring excitement and a lot of interest over the next couple of years. Rumors of an all-grass field have surfaced in recent years and a full teardown of the Stadium has been spoken about in recent years by Mark Shapiro. Eventually, the stadium will need some work done to its structure but the team will hold off on those plans for the next few seasons as they work on upgrading the inside of the stadium.
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