Rogers plans to demolish Rogers Centre, build new ballpark in its place

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Building the Blue Jays a brand new home has been the subject of conversation for years and now it appears a plan is in the works.

The proposal from Rogers Communications is to reportedly demolish the Rogers Centre and construct a new ballpark in its place.

Rogers and Brookfield Asset Management want to transform the huge parcel of land as part of a whole downtown redevelopment.

Plans for a new natural grass baseball-focused stadium would take up the southern end of the current property, with residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space planned for the northern portion.

The current ballpark remains one of only two left in Major League Baseball that uses artificial turf instead of real grass.

It is believed that the ultimate goal is for ownership to keep the new stadium downtown. Rogers is also reportedly exploring some waterfront options as a backup plan.

This multi-billion dollar plan would be privately funded through Rogers and Brookfield are working with all three levels of government on this project.

The current facility opened its doors in 1989 for the price of $570 million. It was the first stadium to have a fully retractable roof.

Design of the Skydome, as it was once named, came just ahead of MLB teams moving away from larger, concrete-heavy stadiums to move toward more open-air ‘retro-classic’ ballpark looks.

According to media outlets, government officials and the two companies intend to go public with their plans in the new year.