On June 3rd, 1989 the “Skydome” replaced Exhibition Stadium as the Toronto Blue Jays friendly new home confines. The state of the art marvel provided the home team and their fans a climate controlled atmosphere, a huge upgrade from the blustery outdoor stadium near the lake.
In 2005, the “Skydome” was renamed the Rogers Centre after the Communications mogul purchased the stadium with the exception of the hotel. Rogers Communications already owned the Toronto Blue Jays at the time of the purchase and name change.
The “Skydome” took two years to build at a cost of $570 million dollars and was the first fully retractable roof stadium of it’s kind. The stadium was named following a “Name the Stadium” contest where 150,000 ballots were submitted. (Info obtained from Wikipedia)
So if you had your way would you like to see the stadium re-named, back to the original “Skydome”? Take the survey below and have your say.
The Skydome has been home to two World Series champion teams, the first in 1992, and then again in 1993, and can house nearly 50,000 raucous Canadian fans ready to cheer on the pride of a nation.
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Rogers Communications also owns the Rogers Arena in Vancouver where the Canucks play their home games. I totally understand the desire to have the company name in the title of the stadium from a business perspective.
However, the Rogers Corporation upper echelon could really win the hearts of many if they were open to renaming the stadium as many loyal Blue Jays fans still refer to the concrete palace as the “Skydome”.
At the end of the day the product on the field is what matters most, but just for nostalgia sake, it would be a nice throwback for old-school Jays supporters.