|The Toronto Blue Jays play in the American League of the MLB, where they have been delighting Canadian fans since the early 1970s. The only professional baseball team in Canada (after the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C., in the mid-2000s), the Blue Jays provide the nation with a line into a traditionally American sport, and do so at a high level of play. The team plays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and is a member of the East Division of the American League. Though its tenure in the MLB is much shorter than many teams, the Blue Jays have a history of excellence, having won many key games and even two World Series titles as of 2015. If you’re looking for a great day out at the ballgame, buy your Toronto Blue Jays tickets today!
The Blue Jays were founded in 1976, when the owners of the MLB’s American League voted to build an expansion team in Toronto to capitalize on the cityrsquo;s potential for a strong fan? base. The team was initially purchased by a group of three historic Canadian companies: Imperial Trust, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Labatt Brewing. The next year was spent organizing personnel, facilities and management for the team. Finally, after a series of administrative and professional moves, the Blue Jays made their major league debut on April 7, 1977, defeating the Chicago White Sox at home despite freezing temperatures. Since then, the Blue Jays have continued a tradition of excellence, much to the delight of the team’s fans.
As of 2015, the Blue Jays are one of the most successful squads in the American League, considering how short the team’s tenure in the MLB has been. The Blue Jays have won their division on five occasions, taking home division titles in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993. In both 1992 and 1993, the team went on to claim the highest honor in the league, the American League Pennant. Most impressively, the Blue Jays continued to fight forward during those two years, winning a rare back-to-back pairing of World Series championships.
Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays’ stadium, sits on 12.7 acres of development land. The arena has become a cultural figure in Toronto, hosting not only baseball games but also concerts, expos and public events. The stadium is designed with a retractable roof, so games can be played even in the event of inclement weather. Toronto played in an exhibition stadium until 1989, but have called Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome) home ever since. Rogers Centre was renamed as such when new ownership took over management duties in 1989. Oddly enough, the stadium holds the world record for most hot air balloons in an enclosed space, as 56 were once inflated inside of it for an exposition.