Rogers Centre roof open for Jays-Tigers game

TORONTO – With summer-like weather conditions in the Toronto area, the roof was open at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night for the start of the Blue Jays’ home game against the Detroit Tigers.

It was the earliest date that the retractable roof has been open in franchise history, the team said on Twitter.

Bright sunshine beamed on the field under crisp blue skies as players took late-afternoon batting practice ahead of Toronto’s second home game of the season.

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“I love the roof open,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said before the game. “I love the (CN) tower here. I think it’s a great ballpark setting. I’m a big roof open guy.”

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The mercury hovered in the mid-20s for most of the day and was expected to dip to about 18 C in the evening. Average high temperatures in Toronto are usually around 11 C in mid-April.

The Blue Jays opened the 2023 regular season with a 10-game road trip as renovations were completed at the downtown ballpark.

Toronto kicked off its home schedule on Tuesday night with a 9-3 victory over the Tigers. Roof safety testing was completed Wednesday after being pushed back due to renos, field prep and poor weather conditions last week.

The Blue Jays made their debut at Rogers Centre (then SkyDome) in June 1989.

Toronto played its first 12-plus seasons at Exhibition Stadium. Snow had to be cleared off the field for the April 7 season opener in the team’s inaugural 1977 campaign.

The Blue Jays entered play Wednesday with an all-time record of 768-570 with the roof open at Rogers Centre.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2023.

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