On April 16, the Toronto Blue Jays had to cancel their home game at Rogers Centre, marking the second game ever to be postponed at the stadium.
After a rare spring storm in the city, the retractable roof was punctured by falling ice.
All afternoon the wind has been blowing heavy snow and ice off the roof of the @RogersCentre and it comes crashing down loudly. No warning signs and we’ve been nervous every time someone walks underneath. (Listen with sound on.) #onstorm pic.twitter.com/yp1YYfV43O
— Josh McConnell (@joshmcconnell) April 15, 2018
News spread of the roof, and on Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that the local ballpark needs an update.
“The stadium when it was built was a great building, one of our best,” Manfred said. “Given the passage of time the building is probably out of date in terms of the amenities that are available in many of our ballparks, the physical design of the stadium.”
Manfred added that many MLB stadiums “have millennial areas, things like that, that have been built and become popular more recently.”
“While the building is fundamentally sound, it needs an update to make it as economically viable as possible,” he said.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 24, 2018
Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome, has been home to the Jays since 1989.
According to the stadium, “structurally, Rogers Centre remains the same today as it was when it opened in 1989 with the exception of several key cosmetic changes over the last few years. Widened concourses, updated and upgraded suites, new video and broadcast technology were just some of the areas touched during an extensive $20 million rejuvenation project.”
Whatever happens, hopefully these two heroes are part of the update plan.
— Terry Hussey (@Terry_Hussey) April 16, 2018