The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t play in the Rogers Centre, their home park, in Toronto this past season. Perhaps, 2025 will be the final season they played in the venue.
One of the most integral pieces of the iconic Toronto Skyline, originally dubbed the “SkyDome,” opened in 1989. Its attendance record was set in 2002 by WrestleMania 18, which was headlined by then-WWF Champion Chris Jericho defending the championship against Triple H.
The Blue Jays, who have played in the venue since 1989, would have a new stadium built for them immediately, reportedly a similar venue but updated and scaled down a bit. Rogers bought the venue in 2004 and now reportedly wants to demolish it.
The need stadium would be lakeside. Rogers would like to build a new venue in downtown Toronto around a monster residential area that would include their own retail stores, office buildings and residential towers.
The SkyDome, which cost $570M to build in the late 1980s, is one of the only remaining MLB venues to feature artificial turf, the other being division rival and 2020 playoff adversary Tampa Bay Rays. It was the first baseball stadium to feature a ceiling that was fully retractable.
This would take up to eight years but a minimum of five to build. It would cost over two billion, yet it will be privately funded by Rogers and Brookfield, at no cost to the taxpayers of Toronto, Ontario.