Give us back #OurSkyDome
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I’ve started this petition to ask Rogers Media to bring back the name we know and love, and that means so much to Torontonians and Blue Jays Fans. I’m calling on Rogers to officially change the name of the Rogers Centre to SkyDome or Rogers SkyDome. It’s time to reclaim the name that made the home of the Blue Jays so unique.
I’ll never forget the first time I went to a Blue Jays game at the SkyDome. It was 1989 and I was 10 years old. My brother had scored us tickets to a Jays/Indians game, and when I walked in to the stadium, I was completely blown away. I’m not sure what I was more excited about – seeing the players who I idolized, or sitting in the huge dome with it’s super cool retractable roof. Even though it was a beautiful sunny day I remember hoping it would rain – just so I could see them close the Dome. It didn't rain, but lucky for us, they closed the roof at the end of the game. Everyone stuck around to watch.
So many Jays fans like me have similar memories. People were upset and disappointed when Rogers Media changed the SkyDome’s name to the Rogers Centre in 2005, after they bought the stadium and the Blue Jays franchise. Why did they have to change it? What was wrong with a name that we loved and that symbolized important moments in our city’s history?
The name SkyDome was chosen in 1987, after tens of thousands of people from across Ontario submitted ideas as part of a “name the stadium” contest. We were proud of our new one-of-a kind stadium. It put Toronto on the map, and we felt like it was truly our stadium, because we helped name it. The opening of the SkyDome marked the beginning of an exciting time for our city.
From the 1991 All Star Game to Joe Carter’s World Series winning homerun in 1993, so many iconic moments in Toronto’s history go hand in hand with the SkyDome. We should celebrate and take pride in those moments. So many old fans returned during last season's phenomenal run, and were just not used to the Rogers Centre name.
Will you join me and add your name? Let’s make this season one to remember, so that new generations of Jays fans like my seven month-old son can make their own memories. Together, we can help bring back some of that World Series winning magic at a place we all know and love as SkyDome. #OurSkyDome.
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