The Blue Jays and Red Sox have been battling it out for AL East supremacy since the Blue Jays joined the league in 1977. The Blue Jays have managed to be quite a thorn in the Red Sox side over the years, and you’ll be in for a good matchup when attending a Blue Jays-Red Sox game.
The Blue Jays play in Canada’s largest city, and the Yankees play in the United State’s largest city meaning every matchup between these two AL East rivals is a big clash. Things have been especially tense between the two teams thanks to the Jays recent success, so don’t miss a Blue Jays-Yankees game at the SkyDome.
The Blue Jays and Orioles have been rivals since the Jays inception in 1977. The two have engaged in several AL East pennant races over the years, and recently the two squared off in the AL Wild Card. Circle the O’s games on the schedule as you’ll be in for a treat when attending an Jays-O’s game.
Blue Jays Tailgate Guide
The SkyDome doesn’t host a tailgate of any sort; most fans arrive at the game via Toronto Public Transit as the stadium is a 5-minute walk from Toronto Union Station, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do before the stadium opens. The SkyDome is situated in downtown Toronto right across the street from CN Tower and a hop, skip, and a jump from the some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants.
Most of the fans will get off the train and stop at one of the nearby bars, which have been provided on our attached food and drink guide for the SkyDome. For those coming in from out of town, just a couple blocks from Union Station is the Hockey Hall of Fame where all of the greats of the game have been enshrined.
On the other side of the stadium, you can visit the Toronto Railway Museum which houses some of the iconic locomotives from Toronto’s rich past as the railroad center of Canada where you can even climb aboard of a few of these classic iron horses. On the end of the roundhouse where the engines are kept is Steam Whistle Brewing which offers daily brewery tours and allows you to taste some of their craft fresh off the line.
Walking past the railway museum, you’ll hit the waterfront which is home to quaint parks for taking in the sun and the breeze as well as many tall ships from the golden age of sailing. Downtown Toronto is a great place to spend some time before the game no matter what you do before heading to the stadium.
Located on the northeast and northwest corners of the stadium these two sculptures are excellent tributes to the Jays fan base. Before the game stop by and check both of them out to get the full SkyDome experience.
The CN Tower is one of the signature landmarks of the city of Toronto and only a few steps away from the SkyDome. No trip to Toronto is complete without seeing the CN Tower, so make sure to check out before the game.
Another popular Toronto tourist destination, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must-see for any hockey fan. The Hockey Hall of Fame is only a 15-minute walk from the Air Canada Center, so spend a day at the Hall of Fame before attending a Leafs game.
Where to tailgate
Real Sports BarIf you’re looking for the sports bar experience, then a trip to the Real Sports Bar is a must. The bar is filled from wall to wall with TVs meaning you won’t miss any action going on around the sports world. The food here is also incredible as well, but that said one of the drawbacks is you’ll need a reservation if you want to get a table before the game.
Loose MooseYou won’t find a better place to throw back a few brews before a Jays game than the Loose Moose. The Loose Moose offers tons of beers on tap and even features several baseball-themed beers.
Hoops Sports Bar & GrillThere is no better place to get rowdy before a Blue Jays game then Hoops Sports Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for cheap beer and a young crowd, then you can’t beat Hoops Sports Bar & Grill.
Wayne Gretzky’sThere’s nothing more Canadian than stopping by Wayne Gretzky’s before or after a Jays game. Although Gretzky’s is the greatest player in hockey history, he also was a huge baseball fan growing up, albeit of the Detroit Tigers sorry Jays fans.
Blue Jays Stadium Guide
The SkyDome in Toronto a ballpark like no other thanks to its retractable roof, hotel, and views you won’t find anywhere else. The first thing you’ll notice at the stadium is the roof, it was the first retractable roof stadium in all of baseball and can open and close in about 20 minutes which will save you from the scourge of all baseball fans, the rain delay. It also comes in handy during colder Toronto nights as well.
Are you looking for a more private way to enjoy the game with your friends but don’t feel like dishing out the money for a skybox? Well, the Rogers Center has the perfect solutions for that, watch the game from your hotel room. Yes, you can watch the game from the hotel rooms located in the outfield above the fan deck at the Renaissance Hotel which is built into the stadium. The room will run you about $400, but this gives you the freedom to do whatever else you want during the game and is the only park in baseball where you can do this.
You may notice when you enter the stadium that the views are pretty vertical, and they are. The Rogers Center doubles as a football stadium for select NFL games and is home to the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL as well, and the stadium is built higher with 5 decks in the main park of the stadium. Because of this, just about every seat will give you an equal view of the field, and there is no nosebleed seat effect like at other stadiums where the players look like ants.
The video board in center field was one of the first of its size and is something you can’t miss when attending a game at the SkyDome. You won’t miss a replay when attending a Blue Jays game thanks to the massive size of the SkyDome’s video board.
Banners celebrating the greatest teams and players in Blue Jays history surround the stadium's massive video board. The banners honor the Jays many division winning teams as well as the 1992 and 1993 World Series winners, so check out these banners during your trip to Toronto.
The Jays Level of Excellence on the fourth deck fascia honors the best players in Blue Jays history. Take a look at the Jays Level of Excellence to remember your favorite Jays from the past including Roberto Alomar, Dave Stieb, and Joe Carter among others.
If you’ve ever wanted to watch a baseball game from your hotel room, then the SkyDome is the place for you. The hotel in center field offers rooms with views of the ballpark and unique way to watch the game.
Enjoy the game from this unique open-air standing area that sits right above center field. What used to be a classy restaurant is now a place where fans can get together to watch and cheer on their Blue Jays in a way like never before. All Blue Jay fans should try to make it out to this patio area at least once during their visit to the SkyDome.
Ace is the official mascots of the Toronto Blue Jays and on “Junior Jays Saturdays” is accompanied by Junior. The mascots are a big part of the in-game entertainment and can be seen all around the park, so keep an eye out for Ace and Junior during your trip to Toronto.
Be on alert for the J-Crew when attending a Blue Jays game. The J-Crew runs a variety of promotions at the game, so don’t miss if you want to win some cool prizes.
Ok Blue Jays
You’ve got a diamond,
You’ve got 9 men,
You’ve got a hat, and a bat, and that’s not all.
You got the bleachers, got ’em from spring ’til fall.
You got a dog, and a drink, and an umpire’s call.
What do you want?
Let’s play ball.
Is that a fly ball, or is it a seagull?
Coming in, from the lake, just to catch the game.
It’s the last inning, our guys are winning.
Jays throw down a smoker, a strike and you got no doubt. (You’re out)
What do you want?
Let’s play ball.
Ok (Ok) Blue Jays (Blue Jays)
Let’s (Let’s) Play (Play) Ball (Ball).
It’s a beautiful evening, fans.
At the ballpark, when the game starts.
Warm summer breezes, sun’s going down.
It’s all dark at the ballpark.
That’s ok, it’s a nightgame.
Bring on the White Sox,
Bring on the Bosox,
Bring on the Angels, the Rangers, and the Yankees too.
We’ll beat the Indians,
We’ll beat the Tigers,
We’ll beat the A’s so bad it’ll make, Billy Blue.
What do you want?
Let’s play ball.
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