Here's everything that's new at Blue Jays games in 2019

Mar 26 2019, 12:47 am

It was a long, cold and relatively inactive winter for the Toronto Blue Jays. Finally, the winter thaw has given way to spring and a brand new season for the “boys of summer.”

After what seemed like an especially tortuous winter, it will feel like it was worth the wait once the gates finally fling open on Opening Day. For devout Jays fans, the Rogers Centre is their church of worship for 81 games a season.

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The team itself looks a little different compared to last year. Along with a fresh roster, the Blue Jays have some new features at the ballpark for the 2019 season. If you’re wondering what’s new at the Rogers Centre for Blue Jays games this year, here’s everything you need to know.

$5 Beer and Food

You had fans at “$5 beers”. Yes, $5 suds and concessions will be served at select stands at Blue Jays games this year. This includes 355 ml cans of Budweiser and Bud Light, $3 popcorn, hot dogs and soft drinks and various other ballpark staples for less than $5.

One thing of note, the Dugout Deals will only be available outside sections 136, 239 and 536, which means the lineups for discount concessions could be long and winding. Just keep that in mind.

50/50 Tickets You Can Buy Online

All new for the 2019 season, Blue Jays fans don’t even need to be inside the ballpark to buy 50/50 tickets (you must be a resident of Ontario, though). During Opening Week, the Blue Jays’ 50/50 prize will reach at least $500,000.

The team says it will be the largest 50/50 jackpot in MLB history, as one lucky fan will walk away with at least a half-million dollars on Sunday.

Loonie Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are a ballpark staple and the Blue Jays will serve them up for a loonie during select home games. During Tuesday home games, they’re serving up Loonie Hot Dogs at the Rogers Centre.

There are only six Tuesday home games on the Blue Jays’ 2019 schedule, so get your fill of loonie franks at select games. Somebody let Joey Chestnut and Kobayashi know about this promotion so they can get their money’s worth.

Funnel Cake Poutine and Log Cabin Tater Tots

Not only did the Blue Jays add some new players to their lineup this year, but they also have some brand new menu items at the Rogers Centre. Leading off for the 2019 season is the Funnel Cake Poutine.

To go along with the poutine theme, you can also pick up these Log Cabin Topped Tots, which are tater tots slathered in maple beans, pulled pork, bacon and cheese. If this isn’t Canadiana, we don’t know what is.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re looking to eat healthily at a Blue Jays game, you’re covered with a few non-gut-busting options. There’s the Southwest Inspired Caesar Bowl and Ultimate Vegetarian Burger (which is a grilled vegan patty with avocado, lettuce, tomato and aioli.

You’ll also find this 32 Ingredient Salad, which boasts 32 plant-based ingredients. It may not be for everybody, but at least there are non-fried/non-grilled choices from the menu.

Local Eats Like Caplansky’s Deli

Last year, the Blue Jays rolled out their “Pop-Up Kitchen” program, which featured concession items from local restaurants. It looks like the program will return for the 2019 season and Caplansky’s Deli will be one of the featured eateries this summer.

Dates and menu items have yet to be announced, but this Toronto institution will feature their signature sandwiches at upcoming Blue Jays games this year.

The Ticketmaster Lounge

If you’re a high-roller looking to drop $33,000 for one seat (who isn’t, right?), you can enjoy a front-row seat inside the Blue Jays’ new Ticketmaster Lounge on the 300 Level.

The club converted the press box into premium seating, where fans can enjoy the Jays game in the lap of luxury. Seats range from $24,000 for bar rail and second row seats to $33,000 for a front row view of the action.