Rogers Centre 22nd in Forbes’ MLB stadium rankings

The Rogers Centre (Frank Gunn/CP)

Forbes has ranked Rogers Centre as Major League Baseball’s 22nd-best (or ninth-worst) stadium.

The home of the Toronto Blue Jays has drawn mixed reviews since opening in 1989, for the lofty cost of $570 million.

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It’s one of just two ballparks that doesn’t use real grass for its field, and its design came just ahead of MLB teams moving away from large, concrete-heavy builds towards cozier, open-air looks.

Forbes weighed “overall aesthetics of the ballpark design, including integration with additional structures such as in Baltimore and San Diego; it’s setting; the visuals from within the seating bowl or surrounding views, the amenities offered at the facility, and historic relevance; as well as external development that adds to the experience” in their rankings.

Rogers Centre, originally named SkyDome, does have to deal with colder weather than most of its American counterparts, and was built with the ability to be re-purposed for a variety of sports teams and events.

AT&T Park (San Francisco), Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore), and Busch Stadium (St. Louis) round out Forbes’ top three, while Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox), Oakland Alameda Coliseum, and Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field – which reminds one “of being inside a fluted cow pie” – were listed as the worst stadiums in MLB.

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