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Old Posted Aug 22, 2017, 7:22 AM
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Originally Posted by elly63 View Post
Plans for spring facility, Rogers Centre renovations in progress
Shi Davidi February 21, 2017

DUNEDIN, Fla. – By the end of the 2017 season, Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro expects to have plans in place for both a new spring training facility and a Rogers Centre renovation that will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The two projects remain in the planning stages, with a funding proposal for a revamped stadium and training site in Dunedin, Fla., currently under examination by officials at the Pinellas County level, and themes for what might be done at the dome emerging.

In that vein, the installation of natural grass at Rogers Centre remains a consideration although it may very well be an unlikely one with money instead being focused on a reworking of the seating bowl, expanded concourses and the creation of distinctive areas for different game-watching experiences.

“No. 1,” Shapiro continued, “would be to turn the stadium into a ballpark. Very simply that would be a top priority for us, which means (providing) a modern ballpark experience for our fans. What I would hope is that by mid-summer we have those concepts fully flushed out, a potential set of loose designs, not plans but loose designs along with some costs so I can begin to have those conversations with ownership.
You really enjoy the misquoting, eh? Clearly Shipario states that "turning Rogers Centre into a ballpark" is his top priority. Rogers Centre won't house anything aside from baseball and concerts soon enough after the renovations. For the pennies Rogers paid for it they will turn it into a TV facility and ATM where every inch can generate revenues.