Saturday, May 21, 2011

Canada - The Rogers Centre

The Rogers Centre was the first stadium to have a rectangle roof. This roof covers 8 acres and could fit a 31 storey apartment building inside. It opened in June 1989 and is home to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts.

Sent by Melanie from Ontario, Canada.

This is from Wikipedia : Rogers Centre (originally SkyDome) is a multi-purpose stadium, in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated next to the CN Tower, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Originally opened in 1989, it is home to the American League's Toronto Blue Jays, the CFL's Toronto Argonauts and, as of 2008, the NFL's Buffalo Bills' second playing venue in the Bills Toronto Series.

While it is primarily a sports venue, it also hosts other large-scale events such as conventions, trade fairs, concerts, funfairs, and monster truck shows.

The stadium was renamed "Rogers Centre" following the purchase of the stadium by Rogers Communications, which also owns the Toronto Blue Jays, in 2005.

The venue was noted for being the first stadium to have a fully-retractable motorized roof, as well as for the 348-room hotel attached to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the field. It is also the most recent North American major-league stadium built to accommodate both football and baseball.

The stadium will be the centrepiece of the 2015 Pan American Games as the site of the opening and closing ceremonies.

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