Published July 27, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in action! Business at the Rogers Centre is booming and the helpful staff members are really on the ball (pun intended). There have been some changes to the ballpark experience since the pandemic began, plus we have some money-saving family tips to make the most of your time at the game.

Jr. Jays Sundays & Giveaways

  • Suspended upon the team’s return to Toronto from Covid-related lockdowns and temporary play in Dunedin and Buffalo, the best news is that the Jr. Jays Sundays program is back for the full 2022 season!
  • Completely free with your ticket, kids 14 and under can participate in fun games and activities to win prizes (including outdoor inflatables in the summer), and run the bases after the game!
  • There’s also a free downloadable program on the Blue Jays website called the Fan Pack and kids activities on the ACE’s Clubhouse page.
  • Join the Jr. Jays Club to receive 50% off select tickets on Saturday and Sunday home games, jump the line to run the bases, and more.
  • Also back in full force are the popular giveaway days, where you can pick up a souvenir upon entry, including Blue Jays-themed hats, bags, and even jerseys! Be aware that supplies are quite limited. Make sure to arrive early as dedicated fans line up before the doors open (usually 90 minutes before game time).

The jubilant crowd at Rogers Centre does “The Wave”. Photo Credit: Melissa Mohaupt

Covid Restrictions

  • Mask-wearing is no longer required but is encouraged.
  • Many food and beverage options have pivoted to packaged goods to reduce contact.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are spread out around the building and cleaning protocols have increased.
  • Touchless systems are in place: credit/debit tap machines are at all concession stands and entry tickets are scanned digitally by QR code.
  • The domed roof remains open whenever possible. However, in inclement weather, the roof partly closes and extra ventilation is added.
  • For full details, you can read more information about the Rogers Centre on their Know Before You Go page.

Money-Saving Tips & Tricks

  • Bringing in outside food is allowed, as long as it’s wrapped or contained. It must be small enough to fit under the seats, as per their bag policy. Non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles under 600ml are also okay.
  • Some foods are expensive (particularly alcohol) but the Dugout Deal Menu at the Sections 137, 239 and 537 offers kid-sized and affordable options, including popcorn, soft-serve ice cream, nachos and hot dogs.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and re-fill it at water fountains located around the concourse. 100-Level: near Sections 107, 115, 125, 137; 200-Level: near Sections 207, 219, 229, 241; 500-Level: near Sections 507, 517, 531, 541
  • Grab a cheap pre-game lunch or dinner before the game. There are fast-food options along Bremner Boulevard and at the new Union Station food court, an easy walk to the Rogers Centre.
  • The outfield seats in Levels 100 and 200 are a good deal, unless your kids are desperate to see the jumbotron. Plus you might catch a home run ball!
  • More a tip to save your skin and sanity, but for matinée games on hot weather days, the shadiest spots are on the third baseline and outfield, particularly in the upper rows of the 100-Level, lower rows of the 500-Level, and throughout the 200-Level.

Toronto Blue Jays

When: 2022 Season runs April 8 — October 1, 2022
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
Website: www.mlb.com/bluejays

The open-air view of Rogers Centre and its neighbour. Photo Credit: Melissa Mohaupt

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