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Jose Bautista at the plate!
The Toronto Bjue Jays are the local Major League Baseball franchise. They play in the Eastern Division of the America Baseball League. I am a fan and I usually take in a couple of games each season (I also have been known to travel out of town to see them in other cities; see my New York and Boston pages); The Blue Jays play in the Roger Centre, formally known as the Skydome. When it was built in 1989, it was famous for its retractable roof which was unique at that time, It is one of the last of the "modern" stadiums that were being built throughout the mid and late 1900, before they started to build stadiums in the old fashion manner for baseball only. The Roger Centre still hosts rock concerts (I saw the Rolling Stones, Page/Plant and U2 here) home shows and CFL football. The latter will be moving out in a couple of years to BMO Field. These modern stadiums tended to lack atmosphere as compared to Fenway Park. However there is more seating room, concession stands and washrooms. The owners are attempting to create make the whole place more lively and during my visit I thought they were doing a good job.
It has been quite a long time since the Blue Jays have made the playoffs but right now they are competitive. Tickets are pricey when compared to some American teams. Seats range from $14.00 to $150. Unlike American teams the cheaper seats are in the upper (500 level) deck.
I find the fans here quite civil and during my last visit I did not here one naughty word,
Theme: Sports Watching
Dragon Boat Race
The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival is a two day event that occurs on Toronto Island. What makes the races so much fun is that is more than just a sporting event, it is also a cultural event. There is a multicultural village where you can experience much of Chinese culture, especially food. However the events here are not only involving China for there is a stage where there are theatre performances from other cultures from all over the world. The event is very reflective of Toronto's multicultural heritage.
The races involve over 200 teams and 6,000 paddlers. What makes this fun, is that if can put together a team of not more than 28 people and get the sponsorship to support you, then you too can participate. Three divisions that you can race in:
(A) Premier Mixed Division (Corporate, Community or University teams)
(B) Premier Women Division (Corporate, Community or University teams)
(C) Junior Mixed Division (Community or High School teams)
Most of the major financial institutions and many of Toronto's schools are represented. The winning team gets to participate in a major dragonboat race in Hong Kong.
Admission to the Dragon Boat Festival is technically free however you have to pay to get to it by way of the Island ferry. The event is very popular with over 125,000 people paying a visit. This was the only downside of the event for me because it was so crowded when I checked it out in 2005. The Toronto Dragon Boat Festival usually occurs on the last weekend of June.
Directions: Centre Island
The Shaq dunking the ball!
Yes Toronto sometimes has a NBA basketball team. I say sometimes because recently they have not been so good. There is a good side to this because tickets are easy to comeby on game day and some of the Raptors of the 05-06 season look like they will have excellent futures in the NBA. This is especially the case with Chris Bosh who has emerged into a superstar. However the team is very inconsistant and has trouble beating quality teams. Still I like basketball and part of the joy is to see the stars on the other teams play too. In the game I photographed here, you can see famed players like Shaquelle O'Neal and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat in the shots. They actually kicked the Raptors's butts so my emotions were mixed about the game. Great to see a basketball legend at his best but you wish the game had been more competitive.
The Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre which is a fine 19,000 seat stadium within easy reach of most of the downtown hotels
Directions: South of Union Station
Beach Volleyball near Ashbridges Bay
The Beaches area, east of downtown Toronto, is a wonderful place to take up the game of beach volleyball. There are dozens of posts set up where you can stretch out a net and boundry lines. This has become very popular over the years and on summer weekends it is actually hard to find a spot to play. The games draws quite a few spectators. No doubt part of the reason is the fact that many of ladies are very scantly clad. However some of the competetors are quite good too
Equipment: Nets and balls can be rented from a sports club house.
Directions: The Beaches at the foot of Woodbine Avenue at Ashbridges Bay.
Theme: Beach Activities
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