Skydome Turns 20

BirthdayA lot's been said about the Skydome turning 20 this week. I still have my Domer turtle from that opening ceremony somewhere. I didn't attend the opening, but a friend of the family did and gave us Domer.

I caught two Jays games during the first week of games at Skydome and I still remember how awesome it looked as I first entered from the concession area. Compared to Exhibition Stadium, it was all so bright and modern looking. Sure, it would soon be known as the concrete convertible, but it was our concrete convertible.

The Good Point put together a list of the top 20 Skydome / Rogers Centre moments. Here they are so we can debate them in the comments.

  1. October 23, 1993 - World Series, Game 6
  2. October 14, 1992 - American League Championship Series, Game 6
  3. October 20, 1992 - World Series, Game 3
  4. March 24, 1996 - Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls
  5. June 29, 1990 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics
  6. May 31, 1997 - Bailey vs. Johnson
  7. November 26, 1989 - The 77th Grey Cup
  8. November 3, 1995 - Toronto Raptors vs. New Jersey Nets
  9. September 25, 2003 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  10. November 9, 1997 - CFL East Final
  11. September 30, 1989 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
  12. September 27, 2003 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians
  13. April 1, 1990 - WrestleMania VI
  14. October 7, 1989 - American League Championship Series, Game 4
  15. August 17, 2001 - Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
  16. December 7, 2008 - Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
  17. July 9, 1991 - The 62nd MLB All-Star Game
  18. March 17. 2002 - WrestleMania X8
  19. November 25, 2007 - The 95th Grey Cup
  20. November 29, 1992 - The 80th Grey Cup

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No concerts on this list? Oh wait...that's sucks.

June 5, 2009 @ 10:43 AM


I was there on "Opening Night" Saturday, June 3rd, 1989, doing live cut-ins from the press box for CKFM.

There was carpet still being glued in the hallways, wires were dangling everywhere and the smell of wet cement overwhelmed.

The nationally-televised opening was typically CBC...bagpipes and Salome Bey and Tommy Ambrose and Mounties without tasers working with ethnic dancers.

It was a mess. But when the dome opened and the rain came in sideways and the Mounties slid into the ethnic dancers who careened into the cast and crew from Night Heat, it seemed wonderfully Canadian and wonderfully stupid.

Now, sitting inside watching a Jays game with the roof closed in June, it's like sitting in a Soviet-era gym.

Of course hindsight is 20-20, but the big, ugly concrete bastard rocked at the time. Now it's something Toronto could probably lose and nobody would miss it.

June 5, 2009 @ 4:27 PM

Toronto Mike

Camden Yards killed Skydome. We loved that chunk of concrete until we saw what they built in Baltimore.

Now we want that.

June 5, 2009 @ 4:29 PM


The best part was spending $650 mil to build and later selling it to Rogers for $25 mil. Way to go NDP!

June 5, 2009 @ 4:58 PM


I've been in parks from the old Yankee Stadium to Fenway to Wrigley....they were/are brutal in terms of comfort but they do make the game.

Of the new parks, PETCO in San Diego is sweet. I'm biased because I think San Diego is probably the best city in North America. Even if they waterboard the homeless!

I'd love to visit Camden...Mark Belanger was my fave player as a kid (RIP).

June 5, 2009 @ 8:38 PM

Toronto Mike

If we can't waterboard the homeless, the terrorists have already won.

June 6, 2009 @ 10:27 AM


I remember the opening ceremonies, I was a performer and remeber being in the SKYDOME for rehersals every day from 6-11pm even before it was open to the public..opening night was a wet and slippery one, why they opened the roof, I will never understand, but unforgetable memories..David Peterson opening the roof...Glass Tiger performance...It was an amazing Ill never forget..

June 24, 2009 @ 1:31 PM

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