TORONTO -- The company that owns the Blue Jays changed the name of the team's stadium on Wednesday, opting for Rogers Centre instead of the former SkyDome title.
Rogers Communications Inc. recently purchased the stadium for approximately $25 million in Canadian funds, adding the domed stadium to the company's standing ownership of the Jays and their flagship station on both television and radio. The name change was rumored from the outset of the deal, which was announced in late November.
Paul Godfrey, the team's president and CEO, promised extensive changes to the stadium from the moment of the sale. He said the Blue Jays would immediately look into aesthetic improvements, including new turf and a new JumboTron. He also expressed a desire to paint over some of the concrete expanse, in order to give the 55,000-seat stadium a new look.
Some of those improvements are already in progress and will likely be unveiled before the season begins. The former SkyDome will turn 16 years old during the season, and Godfrey remembers when it was just a vision and a down payment.
"When I was the chairman of Metropolitan Toronto in February 1984, I know Metro Toronto put in the first $30 million. If someone had told me then, the price for the total building would be cheaper than the first down payment, one would have been a little amazed," he said at the time of the purchase.
"If I was to roll back the clock, I would have advised Mr. Rogers not to buy the team unless he owned the facility. In order to control the experience, you should be in control of both."
Now although I do not liek the name I am very pleased that the jays are finally installing field-turf because that astro turf is horrible.
and the best point is that the team will increase they're payroll from $52 million to $70 million and as a jay fan (seeing as i live in Toronto) i am estatic about all of this as it will finally improve the fan experience at the dome er rogers centre. I am very excited about it and cannot wait!