The Rogers Centre was the only stadium in MLB still using dirt cutouts around the bases, until their 2016 Opener. The dirt infield is the first renovation to the Rogers Centre since its’ debut during the 1989 season. Workers dug out 30 cm of concrete to install the new playing field Built before the Ballpark revolution of the early 90’s Rogers Centre is in need of additional renovations. With the recent move of the CFL Toronto Argonauts to BMO Field many have pushed for an all grass playing field at Rogers. New team President and CEO Mark Shapiro will spearhead Rogers Centre renovations. He oversaw a similar endeavor as President of the Indians and their home ballpark, Jacobs Field.
Prior to Shapiro’s joining the Blue Jays outgoing Blue Jays President and CEO Paul Beeston estimated Rogers Centre would need $200MM-$400MM of renovations to return to “fix it up”.