FAQ: Blue Jays plans to demolish Rogers Centre

Mike Wilner seen above was the Blue Jays' first Toronto-born play-by-play broadcaster

According to the Globe and Mail, Rogers Communications Inc. and the real estate arm of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. are working with government officials at all three levels on a plan that would "effectively cut the Rogers Centre in half".

The Globe also reported that Rogers and Brookfield were exploring the possibility of building a stadium along the waterfront if the development plan falls through on a slice of land called Quayside, where Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs once hoped to construct a tech-savvy neighbourhood. But the northern portion would be turned into residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space.

It's been the subject of conversation for years and now it appears a plan is in the works to build a brand new home for the Toronto Blue Jays.

After years of speculation regarding the future of Rogers Centre, a Friday report in The Globe and Mail revealed some bold, intriguing plans owner Rogers Communications Inc. has for the site, including a new home for the Blue Jays. The stadium was renamed to the Rogers Centre in 2005.

The Rogers Centre renovation is expected to cost several billion dollars and still needs numerous government approvals.

Built in 1989 at a cost of roughly $570 million, the SkyDome was the first-ever Major League Baseball stadium with a fully retractable roof.

"For Rogers, turning a stadium into condos and other developments would allow the company to cash in on a lucrative investment, while creating a better experience for baseball fans", reads the report.

"If and when Rogers, Brookfield, and the Blue Jays are ready to restart these discussions, I will work collaboratively to ensure that the City of Toronto plays an active and leading role, ensuring the public is engaged throughout and public interests are represented".



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