Times Colonist

Blue Jays sta­dium owner pauses plans for site’s re­de­vel­op­ment

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TORONTO — Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc. says it was ex­plor­ing the fu­ture of its Toronto sta­dium be­fore the COVID-19 pan­demic hit, but the virus has caused it to put those plans on hold.

“Prior to the pan­demic, we were ex­plor­ing op­tions for the sta­dium, but through this year our pri­mary fo­cus has been keep­ing our cus­tomers con­nected and keep­ing our em­ploy­ees safe, so there is no up­date on the Rogers Cen­tre to share at this time,” the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany’s spokesman, An­drew Garas, said.

The Globe and Mail re­ported Fri­day that Rogers and Brook­field As­set Man­age­ment Inc. were look­ing to tear down the sta­dium as part of a larger devel­op­ment pro­ject.

The two com­pa­nies would build a new sta­dium half the size on the south­ern part of the cur­rent site and use the re­main­ing land for res­i­den­tial tow­ers, of­fice build­ings, stores and pub­lic space, the Globe said.

Brook­field de­clined to com­ment.

The Globe said Rogers and Brook­field were ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing a sta­dium along the wa­ter­front if the devel­op­ment plan falls through on a slice of land called Quay­side, where Google af­fil­i­ate Side­walk Labs once hoped to con­struct a tech-savvy neigh­bour­hood.

“The news this morn­ing was the first Wa­ter­front Toronto has heard of the Quay­side site as a po­ten­tial new home for the Blue Jays,” said An­drew Tu­milty, spokesman for Wa­ter­front Toronto, the agency over­see­ing the devel­op­ment of the city’s lake­front. Such a plan would need “ex­ten­sive scru­tiny” and re­quire the or­ga­ni­za­tion to con­sider ex­ist­ing, ap­proved precinct plans, as well as the size and shape of the site, Tu­milty wrote in an email.

The Rogers Cen­tre, formerly known as the SkyDome, opened in 1989 and seats more than 53,000 peo­ple.

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Rogers Cen­tre, formerly known as the SkyDome, opened in 1989 and seats more than 53,000 peo­ple.

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