No, no, that’s not the new Rogers Centre turf. That’s just what a baseball stadium is supposed to look like. Well, apart from the seats being too small and too plastic and the areas in the upper deck between the foul poles and the hotel haven’t been turned into dual party decks, or whatever their fate holds (nor has the former Windows Restaurant, either — apparently we’re looking at a somewhat dated future).
Seriously, though! I noted in a Daily Duce last week that Bob McCown told his listeners that club president Paul Beeston has been pushing Rogers towards a new, “Milwaukee-style” retractable roof stadium of about 40,000 seats, rather than the nearly 50,000 capacity it currently has for baseball. While that doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards — McCown explained that because Rogers doesn’t own the land that the SkyDome sits on, and therefore wouldn’t recoup a tonne by selling it to developers if they vacated the site, it’s hard to make the dollars work — the expensive grass retrofit will greatly help prolong the life of the current one, and sure could go hand-in-hand with more changes. Want 40,000 seats? Rip a bunch out and replace them with ones that are wider and more comfortable. Turn some oft-empty sections over to other amenities.
I don’t know! I’m just rambling words to fill out a post that’s really just about one picture — and no, it’s not the one above, which comes from the great @James_in_TO, and has been floating around this site and at DJF for years.
It’s this one:
Yep. There your look at the new turf, which comes by way of a tweet from Stephen Brooks, the Jays’ Senior Vice President, Business Operations. And apart from the seams and the creases from when it’s rolled, that sure is some pretty alright-looking synthetic turf right there. Especially if you don’t contrast and saturate the hell of out of it.
I mean… it still sits on concrete, and you can tell from the shadow that it’s still awfully thin, but it’s not like they were going to reinvent the wheel here. And we don’t know how badly the football lines are going to show up on there, or how fast or slow it’s going to play (though it’s supposed to be slower — as the players requested), and what that’s going to do to the bodies of the players. But we do know that Jose Bautista recently had this to say about it: “I think we’ve had four or five different surfaces since I’ve been here and we have another new one this year. It tells me how committed our management is to trying to help us. They have all been a little different and have different effects on your body, but they’ve all gotten better and better.”
So… maybe it’ll be alright? I’m looking forward to seeing it in person at next week’s State of The Franchise event… though it might look a bit blurry by the end of that!
Image via @sbrooksbaseball