Our visit to Comerica Park and the Tigers was followed by a whirlwind day of driving from Detroit to Toronto to Niagara Falls to Williamsport, PA. Technically we can say that we visited Toronto, but we were only there long enough to park the car, buy food and tickets, and watch the game between the Royals and Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (Canadian spelling of course).
A typical baseball game at the Rogers Centre is played indoors. However, we attended a weekend day game and were treated to an open roof complete with a view of the CN Tower – Toronto’s version of the Space Needle. It is no shock that the word “blue” is in the team name, because just about everything inside the stadium except for the fake grass and dirt is blue. This color scheme mixed with the height of the stadium on all sides of the field makes for a pretty lifeless feel to the ballpark.
The stadium was built in 1989 but they must have redone some of the concourses since then because the field level concourse had some nice areas. We ended up buying food outside the ballpark but we pulled up a table inside the stadium right next to a quaint market style food court. Other highlights include a sports card vending machine and a playground of which Gigi could not get enough.
My life is a little closer to being complete after catching my first foul ball at this game. We were standing at the top of the field level section in Fastball Alley – Vin Scully’s name for the sections between home and first that get all the foul balls from hitters who can’t quite catch up to the heater. Gigi had run off towards the next section over and a ball bounced into the concourse just as I reached her so I snagged it. Not very dramatic but totally awesome anyways.
Next stop, our nation’s capital. Here are some snapshots from our trip to see the Jays, eh…