As spring training commences and Toronto Blue Jays players start reporting to Dunedin, it becomes a time for fans to start planning out their trips to see the team play in 2019. Visiting Rogers Centre is an exciting experience as it’s a true downtown location that can be enhanced by an opened dome with beautiful weather, and the city skyline. There are other ways though that Blue Jays fans can enhance their games to make them more enjoyable.
Its well-known by many Blue Jays fans that on selected Sundays the Blue Jays host Jr. Jays days, when children under 14 can run the bases after the game. That kind of experience can take a regular game for a child and their family and make it something special they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Also on weekend games, the gates at Rogers Centre open two hours early and it is often possible for fans and kids to get autographs from warming up players down the 1st and 3rd baselines on the 100 level. It should be noted that not every Sunday is Jr. Jays at Rogers Centre, this year there are 10 Jr. Jays Sundays, and they will be listed at the end of this article.
When going to a Blue Jays game things can get expensive quickly, so make sure to bring lots of food and drinks with you so you can save some serious money on concession costs. Lots of Jays fans are not aware, but according to mlb.com:
"“Rogers Centre allows guests to bring food into the stadium as long as the items are wrapped, bagged or left inside a container to avoid spillage. Food containers must be soft-sided and small enough to fit under the guest’s seat. Plastic bottles and/or cans holding 600ml or less and non-alcoholic beverages will be permitted in Rogers Centre. Guests are strictly prohibited from bringing outside alcohol inside Rogers Centre. Plastic bottles holding more than 600ml and glass bottles are prohibited.”"
You can walk right through the gate at Rogers Centre with a whole range of different food items, so it’s probably best to give yourself a little extra time to grab some of Toronto’s excellent food options to bring with you. Bringing snacks with you to the game like candy, chips, or trail mix are a no brainer, and will go a long way to ensure your wallet stays a little fuller by the end.
Speaking of food, the Blue Jays are trying out new promotional games this year on Tuesdays called “Loonie Dog Night”(Games listed at the end). For $1.00 Blue Jays fans will be able to purchase Schneider’s hot dogs from selected concession stands. There is a limit of four per transaction, but no overall limit, leaving the door open to those willing to fill up on hot dogs saving money on food costs.
If you need help with digesting all that premium tube meat, the Blue Jays offer free drinking fountains near sections: 107, 115, 125, 137, 207, 209, 229, 241, 507, 517, 529, and 541.
If you are not a fan of water, are 19 years of age or older and don’t plan on drinking alcohol at the game. Head over to the Budweiser Good Sport booth located on the 100 and 500 levels to get a free soft drink in return for pledging to be a designated driver. Those that enter will also qualify for a grand prize draw.
For the ultimate Blue Jays fans, it’s possible to take tours of the Rogers Centre from October until late spring.
There is no way to book tickets online, but you can email email@example.com or call 416-341-2770 to inquire about taking a tour.
You can also send fan mail to the Blue Jays at:
Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club
Attn: Player/Coach’s Name
One Blue Jays Way, Suite 3200
Toronto, ON M5V 1J1
"“The Toronto Blue Jays welcome fan mail, and players and club personnel will make every effort to answer each letter received. However, due to the tremendous volume of items received, we cannot guarantee a response. Please keep in mind that if you do send an item to be signed, you do so at your own risk. Players and coaches receive a tremendous amount of fan mail and we cannot guarantee a response. The Toronto Blue Jays and its players and staff are not responsible should an item(s) fail to be returned.”"
Giveaway games are always a fan favourite, and while there are less bobblehead giveaways this year, there are still over 17 Blue Jays games at Rogers Centre in 2019 with a fan giveaway. (Giveaway games listed at the end). Going to a Jersey giveaway game can take your experience to the next level, and there are three this year including a George Bell Powder blue jersey giveaway, so plan your games accordingly to get the extra benefit.
Last but not least. Being that the dome has the chance of being open for most games after April, it’s always best to check out @isthedomeopen on twitter before making the trip into Toronto on game days so you know how to pack and dress appropriately.
Jr Jays Sundays:
Sun April 14 vs Tampa
Sun April 28 vs Oakland
Sun May 26 vs San Diego
Sun June 9 vs Arizona
Sun July 7 vs Baltimore
Sun July 28 vs Tampa
Sun Aug 11 vs NYY
Sun Aug 18 vs Seattle
Sun Sept 1 vs Houston
Sun Sept 15 vs NYY
Loonie Dog Games:
Tues April 2 vs Baltimore
Tues May 7 vs Minnesota
Tues June 4 vs NYY
Tues July 2 vs Boston
Tues Aug 13 vs Texas
TuesSept 10 vs Boston
Blue Jays Giveaways:
Thursday, March 28 vs Detroit
(Blue Jays Pocket T-Shirt & Magnet Schedule –first 45,000 fans)
Wednesday, April 24 vs San Francisco
(Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #PinaPower Bobblehead –first 15,000 fans)
Sunday, May 12 vs Chicago White Sox
(Marcus Strognome Giveaway- first 15,000 fans)
Saturday, May 25 vs San Diego
(Smoakey BBQ set – first 15,000 fans)
Thursday, June 6 vs NYY
(Pride Rainbow Hooded Henley – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, June 7 vs Arizona
(White replica jersey – first 15,000 fans)
Thursday, June 20 vs LAA
(MLB network reusable bag – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, June 28 vs Kansas City
(Grichuk Ran-Doll – first 15,000 fans)
Monday, July 1 vs Kansas City
(Blue Jays Relaxed Denim Hat – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, July 5 vs Baltimore
(George Bell Powder Blue Jersey – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, July 26 vs Tampa Bay
(Blue Jays Blue replica jersey – first 15,000 fans)
Thursday, August 8 vs NYY
(Blue Jays Backpack – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, August 16 vs Seattle
(Margarittaville 1977 Hat – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, August 30 vs Houston
(Star Wars Hat – first 15,000 fans)
Friday, September 13 vs NYY
(Zombie giveaway – first 15,000 fans)
Saturday, September 28 vs Tampa
(Fanny Pack first – first15,000 fans)
Have fun at games in 2019 Blue Jays fans, and we will see you there!