Take me out to the ball game! Take me out the ball…
Toronto Blue Jays games are a staple of life in the six! It’s hard to beat a night in the Skydome (I know what I wrote!) reclining in the iconic, uncomfortable blue plastic seats.
There’s a sort of energy in the air at each Jays game, no matter what the team’s overall record is.
If it’s your first time or you’re not a baseball fan, here are five tips to help you fully enjoy your ball game experience!
1. Look around!
Keep an eye out for Ace, the Blue Jay running around the entirety of the Skydome. He’s often seen dancing or taking pictures with fans.
There are a ton of sights to see during a Jays game, other than the game time action:
If mascots aren’t your thing, the field team and cheerleaders can keep you energetic all nine innings!
2. BYOFND. Trust me.
I wish I had followed this rule when I went to go see my first Blue Jays game. Everything at the Skydome is super-SUPER overpriced.
Whether it’s a hot dog, a beer, or even sunflower seeds, the price of food and beverages IS TOO DAMN HIGH!
So… what do I do?
SIMPLE! REMEMBER BYOFND!
Although many people believe you’re not allowed to bring in food and drink, you are! Almost any kind of food is fair game as long as it’s reasonably packaged. Sealed bottles are okay as long as it’s not alcohol! The maximum size of the bottles allowed into the stadium is 600ml so plan ahead.
3. Wear some Jays gear!
It never hurts to rep the team colours! Older jerseys are welcomed. If you don’t have any gear, go stop by the Jays store in the Eaton Centre! There’s a huge selection of gear so you can fit the role.
4. Plead baseball ignorance.
As I’m writing this article, I realize I have specified something:
I AM NOT A MASSIVE BASEBALL FAN.
I only went to my first Blue Jays game a few years ago, but I knew one thing going in!
DO NOT CLAIM YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF BASEBALL IF YOU DON’T.
This can be a slippery slope of complex terms, rules, and pitches that will fill your brain. Save some space in your noggin and plead baseball ignorance!
If your friends make fun of you for not knowing anything, then you need new friends.
5. Don’t be rude.
Most Torontonians remember this name: Ken Pagan.
Don’t follow in his footsteps. He threw a beer can onto the field during a Jays/Orioles game.
6. BONUS TIP!
Never call the Skydome the Rogers Center.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of this guide. You’re now ready to see a Jays game and truly appreciate how fun of an experience it can be! So go ahead!
FREAK YOUR BEAK!
By Josh Rawlings