Baseball season is here. So, why not take a trip to Toronto to catch Canada’s baseball team in action? Here’s how to partake in all the Blue Jays mania this spring, summer and fall.
Rogers Centre is where it all happens. Arrive up to two hours before game time and head to the 100-level seats near the dugouts or the outfield corners to watch batting practice, and for the chance to score an autograph. Then head to Gate 5 and check out the 8,000-square-foot Jays Shop for great souvenirs. Once the game starts, enjoy various food options, from standard ballpark dogs to new vegetarian choices.
This hotel is attached to the stadium and offers 70 field-view rooms—imagine watching the Friday night game of a weekend series from the comfort of your room. When the Jays come out the next morning for a closed-to-the-public batting practice, just open your room’s sliding window for a private front-row seat.
Most baseball fans know who Babe Ruth was, but many may not know that, in 1914, he hit his first professional home run as a 19-year-old rookie playing in the international league for the Providence Grays against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The ball was never found, but you can visit the spot where Ruth stood on the Toronto Islands. A plaque marks the site of the homer at Hanlan’s Point.
After-Game drinking and eating
Following the game, head over to nearby Real Sports Bar & Grill to watch how the Jays’ west-coast rivals are doing on the 39-foot-screen. Sports rule here, with 200 TVs spread across the bar, airing various games. Reservations are definitely advised. Late night, head for the dance floor at EFS, a higher-end nightclub frequented by players—reservations are also recommended.
Time it right and you can watch part of a Jays’ game through the open roof of the Rogers Centre from the edge of the CN Tower, 356 metres above. The EdgeWalk is included in Steve Clarke’s book, 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Bonus: Find out how to catch a Blue Jays game from the WestJet Flight Deck.
[This story appears in the September 2016 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]