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Travels Focus - Rogers Center Offers WNY Fans a Taste of Major League Baseball

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TORONTO, ON -- The start of the Major League Baseball season means summer is drawing closer. While there are no MLB teams to follow in the Greater Olean or Buffalo areas for summer, a trip across the border to Canada leads to the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League East.

The Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play, is regarded as one of the unique venues of baseball. One of six indoor stadiums, the weather protection proves great for the rough wintry springs of the Northeast, but the roof can also retract for the warmer weather of the summer.

At first glance, the stadium is humongous on the inside. From the 500-level seats, fans can still get a great panoramic view of the entire field without spending a fortune on tickets. Money saved can be placed toward concessions featuring the usual baseball classics with some Canadian favorites mixed in, such as jerk chicken poutine and chicken and waffles on a stick.

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Out in center field is the Renaissance Toronto Hotel, which has 70 rooms that overlook the field and allow patrons to watch the game from the comfort of their rooms. The Sightlines Restaurant and Westjet Flight Deck below the hotel offer fans a different experience from eating in their seats with a buffet-style restaurant and a view from the tables directly to the field.

While taking in a game at the stadium is nice, Toronto is a city that has other amenities to offer. Right outside are the CN Tower and the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. A short walk from the stadium is the Air Canada Centre, which holds concerts throughout the year. Yonge-Dundas Square features a variety of restaurants and the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, the fourth biggest mall in Canada.

So with 81 home games in a season, there is still ample time to make it to a game and take in the sights and sounds of Ontario’s capital along the way.

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