Toronto Blue Jays introduce outfield district tickets

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The Toronto Blue Jays Major league Baseball team has announced a new outfield district ticket offer, which will provide general admission access to the revamped Rogers Centre for C$20 (£12.02/€13.61/$14.60).

The tickets will be for fans looking to explore the new Rogers Centre experiences throughout the game and will differ from single-game tickets, which provide fans with a reserved bowl seat. The new offer will not include a reserved seat or space.

All fans with a ticket to a Blue Jays game, including those with the general admission outfield district ticket, will be able to experience the Rogers Centre’s new outfield district.

The district will feature five distinct neighbourhoods and a range of additional social spaces. Fans will be able to sample the new-look Rogers Centre when the Blue Jays take on the Detroit Tigers in their home opener on April 11.

Anuk Karunaratne, executive vice-president of business operations for the Blue Jays, said: “Blue Jays fans will immediately notice a dramatically different Rogers Centre when they enter for the 2023 season, and those changes will only become more pronounced as they enjoy live music, curated food and drink menus, and get up-close to game action.

“The new outfield district ticket is perfect for fans who want more than a baseball game, with the opportunity to try out every new ballpark experience.”

In January, the Blue Jays revealed the key elements of the first phase of the privately funded C$300m revamp of Rogers Centre. Construction work on the project commenced in November, with the first phase focusing on improvements related to the fan experience.

The five outfield neighbourhoods that will debut this season include the Corona Rooftop Patio, Park Social, The Stop, The Catch and WestJet Flight Deck.

Corona Rooftop Patio will feature live music and a summer patio menu, while Park Social will serve as a “park within the park” and feature games, food truck-style bites and comfortable places for fans to hang out.

The Stop will offer food and drinks and will be located left of centre field, while The Catch will sell cocktails and offer “unprecedented” views of the field. WestJet Flight Deck will feature retro arcade games and a brewery-style menu.

New social spaces will include the open-air Schneiders Porch and Rogers Landing, as well as bleacher seating, left and right field balconies, and drink rails.

First revealed in July, the Rogers Centre revamp aims to transform the stadium into a baseball-focused venue. The Blue Jays have once again teamed up with Populous for the project, after the architectural design firm worked to deliver the team’s Player Development Complex in Dunedin, Florida which opened in 2021.

The 49,000-seat Rogers Centre has been the home of the Blue Jays since opening in 1989 and is also used to host music concerts and other events. The renovations will see a reduction in its overall seating capacity to approximately 41,500, which does not include standing areas and private boxes.

The second phase, scheduled for the 2023-2024 offseason, will focus on the 100 level infield, field level premium clubs and social spaces, and clubhouses and player facilities.