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Shaded Seats at Rogers Centre

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The Toronto Blue Jays play their home games at Rogers Centre since 1989. This ballpark was originally called SkyDome and was the first stadium to feature a fully retractable roof, a design that has been emulated by teams in Milwaukee, Seattle and elsewhere. When the roof is open fans can use this guide along with the stadium seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Rogers Centre.

Where are the shaded seats at Rogers Centre?

As a general rule, shaded seats at Rogers Centre are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded for afternoon and evening games
  • 3rd Base Line: Late afternoon and evening shade
  • 200-Level: Rows under overhang cover are shaded
  • Center Field: Shaded beneath the non-retracted roof section

For the 2024 season, Blue Jays start times are split with about half scheduled in the evening (7:07 p.m.) and half in the afternoon (1:37 p.m. or 3:07 p.m.). For specific details about sections and shade at different start times, please continue reading.

Rogers Centre​ Orientation to the Sun

Rogers Centre is one of the few major league parks where the batter faces north when hitting. Throughout the afternoon, the sun rotates from above home plate down the third base side of the park, eventually setting behind left field. This configuration generally makes the 3rd base side of the park the “shade side” and t he 1st base side the “sunny side”. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

 

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Seats in the Shade at Blue Jays Early Afternoon Games

At the start of a day game the sun is positioned almost directly over home plate, making it challenging to find shade outside the 200-level sections. The only other stadium area offering some respite from the mid-day sun is in the outfield, where part of the roof that doesn’t fully retract provides shade over the north part of the stadium, covering some outfield seats.

Unfortunately, the space behind dead center field is occupied by a hotel, restaurants, and the video board. However, sections 138-141, 102-105, 242-244, 204-206, 493-498, 401-408, 504-507, and 541-544 can receive some shade from the roof’s remaining portion. Seats behind home plate may start the game in the sun but as the innings progress will start to receive some shade.

Seats in the Shade at Blue Jays Late Afternoon Games

For games starting at 3:07 p.m., the sun will initially be located behind the 3rd base line at first pitch, providing coverage for those seated on the 3rd base side of the stadium, with their backs to the sun. Seats on this side of the park that are close to the field may start the game in the sun, but these seats will gradually move into the shade as the afternoon progresses.

Conversely, seats on the 1st base side of the stadium will be bathed in sunlight for most of a 3:07 p.m. game. This includes sections in center field and right field too, as the sun dips to a position that shines right on them, despite being partially covered by the roof. Even 200-level seats running parallel to the 1st base line will be exposed to the afternoon sun.

Afternoon shadows on the stands at the Rogers Centre

By mid afternoon sections on the 3rd base side and in left field are shaded while those on the 1st base side and in right field are sunny.
Photo by Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Blue Jays Evening Games

An quirk of Toronto’s northern location and position in the eastern time zone is that it has late sunsets during summer, sometimes after 9:00 p.m. The last glimmers of sunshine will illuminate the middle portion of the 1st base side of the stadium. Shade seekers should avoid 113-118, 210-218, 418-440, and 510-518 for evening games. However, seats directly behind home plate, along the 3rd baseline, or in left field should be safely shaded.

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