When it’s open, it’s still one of the best places in the city to be, when it’s closed, less so.
The Rogers Centre, or SkyDome if you are either old, stubborn or both, is where you are going to play 81 (or possibly more if you make the playoffs) of your games if you use the Toronto Blue Jays, so hopefully the people at San Diego Studio got it right.
Well did they?
One source of early season consternation among Jays fans is why the Dome is closed on nice spring days.
Thanks to a feature first added in MLB The Show 16, you can now decide before the game if you want any of the retractable stadiums to be open or closed, giving each game the possibility of a few different looks.
When the roof is rolled back, one of the most breathtaking views, as long as it isn’t trying to bomb the pedestrians on the ground with ice pellets, is the CN Tower.
Of course, there is almost no way to actually see the iconic structure during game play, but during intros and if you are nerdy enough to pause the game and spin the camera towards the sky, there is a little reward there for you to discover. No one doing the edge walk yet though, perhaps they are saving that for a future installment.
The field looks really good and there is attention to detail such as the proper fence cut outs for the bullpens and the LED scoreboard. The ads are different, other than the Rogers sign on the third deck, but there are ads in all of the places they should be, so it looks authentic.
I’m not 100% sure where they got those burn lines in the turf, I know some places have them, but the Rogers Centre is not one of those places. Enough for a downgrade, but still a very passing mark for the condition of the field.
Because it was added on Opening Day, there should probably be a pass on not having the Roy Halladay banner in the rafters, but this one bothers me a little more than the lines on the turf. This is the kind of thing that seems important enough that perhaps it could be corrected with a patch. If you are going to go this far for attention to detail, why not go all the way and get it letter perfect?
Here is a taste of the Rogers Centre closed with the lights on, as you can see the lighting and atmosphere are just a little different as it is with the real thing when the roof is open or shut.
Probably no danger of losing a game to a hole in the roof.
*All screenshots from MLB The Show 18