Domed stadium, open-air facility and entertainment arena all rolled into one, few venues are as dynamic and widely used as Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Considered one of the most versatile entertainment centres in the world, Rogers Centre (formerly known as 'SkyDome') has become as much of an international attraction as it is a sporting arena home of Major League Baseball's the Toronto Blue Jays.
Located in downtown Toronto near the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Rogers Centre opened in 1989 and was the first sports arena to have a retractable roof, allowing the flexibility for any sport to be played during any season.
The name for the stadium was announced in 1987 after the public was enlisted to submit and vote for their favourite stadium name. Names such as Zipper Dome, Railway Place and Alfresco Stadium were mulled over, but the winning title went to SkyDome.
The opening ceremony for SkyDome was held in 1989, and hosted 60,000 people who watched in awe as the dome opened for the first time. For 15 years the popular stadium was known as SkyDome before Rogers Communication bought the arena and named it Rogers Centre.
Today, Rogers Centre hosts an impressive array of sporting and entertainment events. From Major League Baseball to basketball matches and concerts, Rogers Centre is renowned for hosting the widest array of events in the world.
Adding to the accessibility of the venue is the Rogers Centre Renaissance Hotel, which is located right inside the centre and is the only hotel in the world to be situated inside a sporting arena. That’s right – guests can watch their favourite players take to the field from the comfort of their own hotel room.
If you haven’t experienced the excitement of attending a sporting or entertainment event at Rogers Centre, the next best way to view the impressive arena and its facilities is on a guided tour.
Tours start at 11:00am and run every two hours from Monday to Friday. Tickets cost $10 for children, $12 for teenagers, $16 for adults and $12 for seniors. If you’re attending an event at Rogers Centre, parking is available at the arena as well as at parking lots close by.