Ontario Construction News staff writer
The first phase of a massive $300-million renovation at Toronto’s Rogers Centre were released last week. The Toronto Blue Jays announced the privately-funded project that will begin during the upcoming off-season.
While the full renovation includes a complete overhaul of the 33-year-old building’s lower bowl, this winter’s work will focus primarily on Rogers Centre’s outfield.
Highlights of the renovation include:
- Adding a bar in the right field corner and seating within the outfield walls.
- Along the 500 level, where the current seats have been untouched since the building opened in 1989, two new social decks will overlook left and right field.
- A new family area and a 5,000-square-foot weight room for its players, as well as staff locker rooms.
The construction goal is to create an environment similar to a state-of-the-art player development complex recently opened in Dunedin, Florida.
The Rogers Centre renovation is being designed by Populous, the same architectural firm that designed the club’s new Dunedin facility.
Work will be completed in several phases over the next two to three years, pausing during baseball seasons.
Renovation plans for the 2023-24 off-season will focus on the infield portion of the 100-level, field-level premium spaces, clubhouses, and player facilities. The club is not currently planning to upgrade Rogers Centre’s roof, exterior, or turf.