Rogers Centre Seating: The Worst Seats
Posted by Kurt Smith
The Rogers Centre seating chart isn’t terribly complicated, and there are plenty of good spots, but there are some seats you should definitely avoid. Rogers Centre was arguably the last baseball stadium built with as many seats as possible and little regard for the intimacy factor, although you could make that case with the new Yankee Stadium.
In such a venue, there are going to be some bad seats, although at Rogers they are kept to a relative minimum. If you really want to avoid the worst seats at Rogers Centre, stay away from the 200 level outfield, especially the higher rows.
I suppose some fans could argue that the 500 level outfield seats are worse, what with the height of the seats and the distance away from the field. I would not be one of them.
With the 500 level outfield seating, it’s more open, there is more leg room, and you aren’t dealing with obstructed views so much. Besides, given the crowds the Blue Jays draw, most of the time those sections are closed off anyway, so you’re not likely to need to compare.
There are multiple problems with the 200 level outfield that actually make it less preferable to the cheaper 500 level seats.
First is the distance from home plate. Often people think that they will have a shot at catching a home run ball in the outfield, or at least a batting practice shot. Maybe, but it’s not likely. (Baltimore’s Adam Jones did hit one into the second deck while I was there, but he really clubbed it.)
The bullpens are in front of the 100 level, and the 200 level is even further back from that. Needless to say, this doesn’t help the view either.
The second problem is obstructed views. From most of the 200 outfield seats, you won’t be able to see the big scoreboard, but that’s not even the worst of it. There are pillars in between sections in the higher rows, and if you’re sitting in the higher rows there’s a chance you could be missing a good portion of the outfield, as shown in the photo above. Even the Yankees discount the price of tickets like this, but apparently the Jays do not.
There are some other issues too…not a lot of choices of concessions (although the new seating area in center has some things), very little leg room, and the back rows seem to be more a part of the concourse than the ballpark. Relatively minor, but that doesn’t help matters.
If the choice is between 200 level outfield—especially above Row 6—or a 500 level seat, go for the 500 level. If 200 outfield is all you can get, you may prefer standing somewhere.
Do you want to know the pros and cons of all the seating at Rogers before you sit for nine innings in a less than worthwhile seat? Be sure to read one of these before you go.
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