The globe sports section mentioned of plan to do a 'major overhaul' of the Rogers Centre. No details. But it would be good if improvement to the exterior could be considered since its the important terminus view along Bremer.
http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2014/08/cleveland_indians_detail_multi.html"We're really adapting the building to the current sports landscape and the size of the market," Shapiro said.
The plans include:
- Capping off a section of the upper deck, which sits empty on all but the busiest days, with a platform that will conceal unused seats and create new game-viewing areas.
- Remaking the Gate C entrance off East Ninth Street by pulling out concrete and opening up views of the ballpark from the street. The gate makeover will eliminate a pavilion and a bar, but the Indians plan to build a two-story, indoor-outdoor bar in right field. To open up the gate, the Indians will move the Bob Feller and Jim Thome statues to another site in the Gate C area. Shapiro said the team also plans to add a statue of Larry Doby, who was the first black player in the American League.
- Moving the bullpens up into the seating area in center field to give fans a better view of the players during warm-ups. This shift will create a section of exclusive seats in front of the new bullpens and will open up the existing bullpen space to fans who want to stand closer to the field.
- Expanding the Kids Clubhouse, which opened in 2012, to two levels and renovating the mezzanine. The expansion will eliminate 16 or so suites, continuing the team's ongoing efforts to replace higher-priced, poorly used private areas with spaces that all ticketholders can access. After the renovations, the ballpark still will have upwards of 80 suites - far more than the Indians can fill, and more than many other parks offer.
- Incorporating five neighborhood-themed areas with food from Ohio City, Tremont and other popular areas of the city.
Well with the games going the way they are, I am sure more of an economic case can be made for it than previous years.Oh, and all the improvements were paid for by the private sector. If he can pull off the same here, expect many photo ops with politicians taking credit for saving taxpayer dollars
And much of the same will be on his plate for 2016, the Jays’ 40th anniversary season, with $250-$400 million Cdn budgeted for upgrades.
The monies are earmarked for roof improvement, suites upgrades, fixing the exterior of Rogers Centre, exploring the ability to have real grass grow inside the dome, concourse improvements, new seats, renovating the now-dormant Hard Rock Cafe, and erecting a statue of Jays Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar outside the building.
Funny, I was thinking about this today too. I noticed Rogers has installed a base for something at the corner of Isabella and Jarvis. Looks like either a sign, statue, or some form of public are will be going up shortly.I would be happy if they just did the following:
- replace statue of Ted Rogers with Alomar (or another prominent Jay). Ted should be up at Rogers HQ.
That's a shitty excuse. It's still called "the dome" by everyone to this day. Scotiabank kept "Saddledome" in it's renaming of Calgary's arena, and it gets just as much exposure from that move as Rogers does with Rogers Centre. Keeping Dome in the name would've been the smartest move if Rogers actually wanted people to refer to it's own branding of the building.And Rogers would never allow it to be called "R----s SkyDome" - the whole idea of calling it a generic "Centre" was to force everybody to use the corporate name. Otherwise people would call it "the Dome" or "SkyDome" without mouthing R----s.
Well, dirt infield is easy to do once the Argos move out. It doesn't need to support any living matter. (no irrigation, special drainage, lighting etc)They are also looking at the possibility of a dirt infield before they can have real grass, according to Stephen Brooks, Blue Jays SVP.
Side note, I do think Rogers SkyDome sounds better than Rogers Dome.
It might be shitty, but that's reality. Saddledome is one of a few exceptions, and although financial details were never released back in 2010 when Scotiabank scooped up the naming rights, it was widely believed that the bank paid less for the rights than they would have had it been named Scotiabank Arena or something like that (it helped that the arena in Ottawa, at one time the Palladium, was already at that time Scotiabank Place). At least in Calgary, the municipality owns the arena, and so there is a public owner presumably interested in preserving the Saddledome Olympic legacy. In Toronto, Rogers is owner, operator and naming-rights holder.That's a shitty excuse. It's still called "the dome" by everyone to this day. Scotiabank kept "Saddledome" in it's renaming of Calgary's arena, and it gets just as much exposure from that move as Rogers does with Rogers Centre. Keeping Dome in the name would've been the smartest move if Rogers actually wanted people to refer to it's own branding of the building.
If their goal was getting their name out there, using a name that not many people are willing to use in everyday speech isn't the right way to go about it. Rogers Centre sounds like it can be any building, and some people do confuse it with the Air Canada Centre. Rogers Dome can't be confused for anything else but the dome.
LOL, I was going to mention that the statue of Alomar should depict him spitting in that umpire's face. I was at that game and didn't realize he did that until I was driving home with my dad, listening to the post game show on the radio. Alomar was a great player, but I've always felt he is a jerk, and the spitting incident proved that. I heard a rumour, years ago, that when he played for the Jays, he would invite his dates over to his place (which I believe was in the SkyDome Hotel) and they would watch highlight reels of him. Anyway, I'd much rather see a statue of Joe Carter. Has there ever been a more loved and classy player in franchise history than him? The statue could have him jumping (as he did after his walk off home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series) over one of our standard cracked, asphalt patched sidewalks, somewhere near the Dome. That home run is the most notorious moment in the team's history. This image would be perfect in statue form:This Toronto Sun article is interesting, as it's about Mark Shapiro, there are some details about SkyDome near the end of the article:
"And much of the same will be on his plate for 2016, the Jays’ 40th anniversary season, with $250-$400 million Cdn budgeted for upgrades.My idea: have the spitting Robbie Alomar (complete with water feature) stand right in front of the Ted statue.
"The monies are earmarked for roof improvement, suites upgrades, fixing the exterior of Rogers Centre, exploring the ability to have real grass grow inside the dome, concourse improvements, new seats, renovating the now-dormant Hard Rock Cafe, and erecting a statue of Jays Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar outside the building.
Right now, Rogers Centre has a statue the late Ted Rogers, former owner of the team, outside its gate but zero of those who played on the artificial turf inside."
And Rogers would never allow it to be called "R----s SkyDome" - the whole idea of calling it a generic "Centre" was to force everybody to use the corporate name. Otherwise people would call it "the Dome" or "SkyDome" without mouthing R----s.
Happens way more than you'd expect. They are both companies that rely heavily on red for branding. It's easy to confuse the two. I remember Olivia Chow being late to a meeting once because she went to the wrong place, after being told it was at the Rogers Centre.And who confuses Rogers Centre for Air Canada Centre? If they have that problem, calling the place Rogers Dome won't help them.