Despite no longer being viewed as state of the art as it once was, the Rogers centre remains a very good place to watch a baseball game.
Over the years I've attended multiple baseball games and one NFL game and have never had a problem. It's still a treat to watch the roof open or close and while it may not have the history of a Fenway Park, or the modern retro-beauty of many of the newer stadiums there is absolutely nothing wrong with the venue, and fans have been very lucky that the current owners, Rogers, have continually tried to improve and enhance the overall experience as years go by.
Gone are the days of the world's largest McDonalds and even the Hard Rock Cafe went by the wayside, but new features are popping up every season that continue to make it a worthwhile place to visit.
Of course, your experience depends on what you're seeking so I'll pass along a few tips that I've learned over the years. Keep in mind that on average I have been lucky to attend one to two games a year (I do live more than 2,000 KM away) but over the years have made an attempt to sit in almost every section of the park.
My first piece of advice is take your time when buying tickets. The advent of the Internet allows you to skim through the available seats on Ticketmaster, which means you have much more control of the type of experience you want.
If you're just going for the sake of going and are not a baseball fan, there's nothing wrong with sitting in the 500 level. You have a view of the entire field, although I would strongly recommend binoculars. Keep in mind that this is "the cheap seats" and you are more likely to encounter large groups, such as schools, and occasionally groups of people who are there to overpay for beer and get wasted - although that phenomenon may be a thing of the past with the decision to no longer offer $1 seat specials.
Another ideal, and affordable, place for casual visitors is probably the 200 level outfield. There you're a little removed from the action, have a better view than the 500 level, although if you're a few rows back part of the field may be obstructed by the overhang of the second deck. I'm a hardcore baseball fan, but certainly don't mind these seats, so they can also be considered if your budget tight. The only thing of note is I found washroom facilities for the 200 level a little limited (there was actually a line for the men's room, in a much less than sold out game) so if this is a concern you might want to consider the 100 level and their ample selection of urinal facilities.
The same goes for the 100 level outfield. A good place to watch the game, with no obstructed view, although you are a little removed from the batter, pitcher and the infield. For those looking for a souvenier, this is an ideal location and most seats have a very good view of one of the bullpens. The price for these tickets is about the same as 200 level outfield, and to me it's a toss up, although there are some quirky things about 200 level (such as rows of one seat), which can be an advantage if you're on your own and want the legroom.
Field level infield are a little more expensive, but sections like the 113 or 130 are often undersold, allowing you to move a little closer to the action. As a serious fan I do enjoy these seats, which are a little more affordable than some of the upscale options, although are still a little further from the infield than I would like if there's a good pitching matchup.
For those fans wanting a really top-notch experience I do recommend getting seats behind the plate or in the 200-level TD Comfort Clubhouse. These seats give you a great view of the action, particularly when there's a good pitching matchup, and are worth the extra money. Premium dugout seats can be hard to obtain and can go for high prices on third party sites like stub hub, so my personal preference is the TD Comfort Clubhouse, which offers a great view of the game, in-seat service for food, and some extra quirks that make it worth what may seem like an inflated price. It's also good to keep in mind, press boxes, luxury boxes and other VIP areas, are above the 200 level, so that elevation is not necessarily a bad thing.
A few years ago you used to be able to walk up to the ticket office and get great seats behind the plate up to an hour before the game (often season tickets that weren't being used for that game). With more advanced internet ticket buying options now available I honestly can't say if that is still the case, but it did lead to some great experiences (including one game where I was fortunate enough to sit next to then Assistant GM-Dave Stewart and a newly drafted first rounder, right behind the plate).
No matter where you go in the stadium you run the risk of sitting near loud-mouths, or annoying people who claim to be regular fans but don't understand the rules. It can be frustrating, but no matter where you go you'll experience them, so it's best just to shrug it off and be thankful you're not related to them.
While it's true the prices are high inside for food and beverage, there are vendors outside that are much more reasonably priced if you're desperate for food before you go in. Like all big stadiums, it is a little cramped so if you're someone who needs or wants a little legroom, just take advantage of the online seating maps and get yourself a seat on an aisle.
Football wise, I sat in the 500 level for a game and actually felt that was beneficial, because there's a lot that goes on on the field that you don't notice from a close-up view (such as on TV), where the 500 level gives you a great vantage point.
I hope this has been helpful. Enjoy the game.
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