Toronto’s SkyDome turns 25
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TORONTO – The SkyDome officially opened 25 years ago Tuesday, changing the city’s skyline forever.
The SkyDome, now known as the Rogers Centre, opened on June 3, 1989 after taking almost two and half years to build.
The world’s first retractable roof stadium is home to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts, and has hosted countless sporting events and concerts. World leaders have spoken at the SkyDome including the late Nelson Mandela in 1998.
In 2005, the 54,000 seat stadium was sold to Rogers Communications Inc. and the name was changed to Rogers Centre. However, many still refer to the venue as the SkyDome.
The Toronto Blue Jays plan to mark the anniversary on Friday when the Jays host the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fans took to Twitter to wish the dome a happy anniversary.
— Blue Jays ⚾ Nation (@JaysNationFan) June 3, 2014
— Blue Jays ⚾ Nation (@JaysNationFan) June 2, 2014
— r a c h e l (@RachelPizunski) June 3, 2014
— Norm Kelly (@DMayorKelly) June 3, 2014
— Kelli Thompson (@keltron76) June 3, 2014
Hate to stain everyone’s concrete memories, but memorable SkyDome experiences happened despite the building’s lousy specs.
— Chris Turner (@theturner) June 3, 2014
— Juliana (@julijays) June 3, 2014
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