Rogers Center / Skydome
April 12, 2019
Rogers Center / Skydome

Another interesting building that we pass on the way out of Toronto is the Roger’s Center, formerly the Skydome. The Skydome opened on June 3, 1989, and was renamed Rogers Centre on February 2, 2005. The Roger’s Center’s claim to fame is its fully retractable roof. This was the world's first fully retractable roof. Other stadiums had partially retractable roofs. It takes 20 minutes for the 3 panels to move into position.Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Team. From 2008 to 2012, the venue also hosted a total of 8 Buffalo Bills football games (NFL).  The stadium will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2015 Pan American Games. Rogers Centre's capacity ranges from a few thousand to upwards of 50,000 seated guests for sport events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and conventions. To show how big it is: Eight 747 planes or 743 Indian Elephants or 516 African Elephants can comfortably fit on the Rogers Centre field when set in baseball mode, and a 31-storey office building can fit inside Rogers Centre when the roof is closed.

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