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As the Major League Baseball (MLB) (US) team Cleveland Indians announce a plan for the City (Cleveland), the Cuyahoga County and State help pay for upgradations at their residence Progressive Field, the age-old debate of publicly financing sports stadia arises.

Should residents have to help fund chic and spiffy stadia? Or should they be privately funded through the team and other funds? Progressive Field, which opened in 1994 as Jacobs Field, could receive $285 million in public money through a new public-private deal to renovate the ballpark.

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio (US). The Indians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field.

The 35,041-capacity Progressive Field is a baseball park located in the downtown area of Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is the home field of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball, and, together with the 20,562-capacity Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, is part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex.

‘cleveland.com’ stated that the deal would extend the team’s lease in Cleveland for 15 years. This isn’t the first renovation project for Progressive Field, which the Indians lease from the nonprofit Gateway Economic Development group governed by a publicly appointed Board of Directors.

In 2014, the Indians traded roughly 7,000 little-used seats and some empty suites for new gathering areas at Progressive Field, and added five neighborhood-themed areas. The Indians paid for the improvements with help from Delaware North Cos., which handles concessions at the facility.

‘cleveland.com’ further stated that last year, the Cuyahoga County paid the Indians $3.5 million for work already done at the stadium, including suite renovations, new elevators, a building system that regulates lights and heating, and an expansion of the players’ parking lot. The money comes from a sports facility reserve fund that was created in 2017 as part of the deal to overhaul Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the Cavaliers.

The 20,562-capacity Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio (US). The building is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

More than half of Major League Ballparks were built since the year 2000. An all-new stadium would be prohibitively expensive, said the Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish in a presser held recently.

The Major League Baseball is an American professional baseball organization and the oldest of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in Major League Baseball: 15 teams in the National League and 15 in the American League.
 

MLB stadia renovation deals:

 

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Stadium: Chase Field
  • Originally opened: 1998
  • Recent renovation: 2019. But the Arizona State legislature approved in May a funding mechanism that would underwrite 80 percent of the cost for upgrades. The upgrades are expected to cost $400 million to $500 million. With the legislation, the team could place up to a nine percent tax on anything sold at the stadium, including tickets, merchandise and concessions, to underwrite and pay off a publicly-backed revenue bond issue for the upgrades. The Diamondbacks would then have to cover 20 percent of the funds, and if the total is $500 million, that would mean they’re responsible for $100 million.
  • Cost: $3.17 million on five separate projects.
  • Public portion: The Maricopa County and the Diamondbacks reached a settlement in 2018 where the team got control of the stadium, along with the ability to look at other stadium options. But the settlement ruled the team must cover repair and renovation costs.
  • Renovation details: Most of the money was spent on installing synthetic grass. The new grass alone cost about $2.69 million.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, often shortened as the D-backs, are an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona (US). The Diamondbacks compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division. The franchise was established as an expansion team and began play in 1998.

The 48,519-capacity Chase Field, formerly Bank One Ballpark, is a retractable roof baseball park located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise. It opened in 1998, in time for the Diamondbacks’ first game as an expansion team.
 

  • Atlanta Braves
  • Stadium: Truist Park
  • Originally opened: 2017
  • Recent renovation: April 2020
  • Cost: Original construction for the ballpark cost about $622 million. The entire project, including The Battery Atlanta entertainment district, was estimated at about $1.1 billion.
  • Public portion: The price tag – $400 million for the construction of the stadium. A lot of the money came from bonds and transportation taxes. The contribution came from Cobb County, through approval of a five-person county commission instead of a public referendum.
  • Renovation details: The Braves replaced the stadium’s grass with new sod in 2020. The stadium also placed a new Truist Park sign on top of the scoreboard/video board beyond the center field.

The Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The Braves compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division.

The 41,000-capacity Truist Park is a baseball park located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, approximately 10 miles Northwest of downtown Atlanta in the unincorporated community of Cumberland, in Cobb County, Georgia. It has been the home ballpark for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball since 2017.
 

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Stadium: Oriole Park
  • Originally opened: 1992
  • Recent renovation: 2011
  • Cost: About $1.5 million in upgrades were made to the $110 million stadium.
  • Renovation details: A new concessionaire was added, along with wider seats in various areas and more casual seating options.

The Baltimore Orioles are an American professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland (US). The Orioles compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division.

The 45,971-capacity Oriole Park at Camden Yards, often referred to as just Oriole Park or Camden Yards, is a Major League Baseball ballpark located in Baltimore, Maryland. Home to the Baltimore Orioles, it is the first of the ‘retro’ major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s.
 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Stadium: Fenway Park
  • Originally opened: 1912
  • Recent renovation: 2018
  • Renovation details: The Red Sox brought expanded netting, new food items, along with a field-level group seating area that gives fans a view similar to the players. A new row of seats in left field was also added.

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston (US). The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises, the Red Sox’ home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912.

The 37,731-capacity Fenway Park is a baseball park located in Boston, Massachusetts, near Kenmore Square. Since 1912, it has been the home for the Boston Red Sox, the City’s American League baseball team, and since 1953, its only Major League Baseball franchise. While the stadium was built in 1912, it was rebuilt in 1934.
 

  • Chicago Cubs
  • Stadium: Wrigley Field
  • Originally opened: 1914
  • Recent renovation: Five-year project called the 1060 project that went from 2014 to 2019.
  • Cost: More than $500 million.
  • Renovation details: Renovations included structural upgrades, improved player facilities, fan amenities, outfield signage, two outfield videoboards, premier clubs, upper-level outdoor concourse, expanded concessions, improved restroom facilities, enhanced connectivity, Wi-Fi, and more.

The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois (US). The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball as part of the National League Central division. They play home games at Wrigley Field, located on the City’s North side.

The 41,649-capacity Wrigley Field is a baseball park located on the North side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the City’s two Major League Baseball franchises. It first opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park for Charles Weeghman’s Chicago Whales of the Federal League, which folded after the 1915 baseball season.
 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Originally opened: 1991
  • Recent renovation: 2016
  • Renovation details: Renovations included three new HD video boards, with the auxiliary boards in left and right field and the main center videoboard.

The Chicago White Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois (US). They compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division. The White Sox are owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, and play their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field, located on the City’s South Side.

The 40,615-capacity Guaranteed Rate Field is a baseball park located in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. The ballpark serves as the home ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox. The facility is owned by the State of Illinois through the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, and is operated by the White Sox.
 

  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Stadium: Great American Ball Park
  • Originally opened: 2003
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Renovation details: Ahead of the 2020 season, the Reds created a new premium seating space called the Press Club. The club was slated to have a view of the field, as well as food and drink amenities.

The Cincinnati Reds are an American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and were the first ever professional baseball team. The Reds compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.

The 42,319-capacity Great American Ball Park is a ball park in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is the home field of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds. It opened in 2003, replacing Cinergy Field, their home field from 1970 to 2002. The park’s name comes from the Great American Insurance Group.
 

  • Colorado Rockies
  • Stadium: Coors Field
  • Originally opened: 1995
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Renovation details: Improvements included a new fan interactive area, new LED field lights, club level renovations and upgrades to the team’s clubhouse.

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division. The team plays its home baseball games at Coors Field, which is located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver.

The 50,398-capacity Coors Field is a baseball park located in downtown Denver, Colorado. It is the home field of the Colorado Rockies, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise. Opened in 1995, the park is located in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, two blocks from the Union Station.
 

  • Detroit Tigers
  • Stadium: Comerica Park
  • Originally opened: 2000
  • Recent renovation: Chris Ilitch, Tigers President and CEO, said in 2018 that some “next-level” renovations may be coming to the ballpark. Ilitch didn’t say when the renovations would come or where the financing would come from. A large scoreboard was added in 2012.

The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League Central division.

The 41,083-capacity Comerica Park is an open-air ballpark located in Downtown Detroit. It serves as the home of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, replacing the Tiger Stadium in 2000. The park is named after Comerica Bank, which was founded in Detroit and was based there when the park opened.
 

  • Houston Astros
  • Stadium: Minute Maid Park.
  • Originally opened: 2000.
  • Recent renovation: Upgrades started in 2019, finished ahead of the 2021 season.
  • Cost: $25 million.
  • Renovation details: Renovations were made on the Ultra Club on the right field upper deck, according to MLB.com. There’s a staircase down to the mezzanine, which fans can stand on during games.

The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston. The Astros compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League.

The 41,168-capacity Minute Maid Park, previously named The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field, is a retractable roof ballpark in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States, which opened in 2000 as the home stadium of the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.
 

  • Kansas City Royals
  • Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
  • Originally opened: 1973
  • Recent renovation: 2020
  • Renovation details: The Royals upgraded their videoboard to HDR ahead of the 2021 season, along with improving the outfield fence display. The franchise also added a new board in the left field that would cover the wall of the Hall of Fame.

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division.

The 37,903-capacity Kauffman Stadium, often called ‘The K’, is a baseball park located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is home to the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. It is part of the Truman Sports Complex together with the adjacent Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.
 

  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Stadium: Angel Stadium
  • Originally opened: 1966
  • Recent renovation: The Anaheim City Council sold Angel Stadium and about 150 acres around the site in 2020 to a new company led by team owner Arte Moreno. The deal, priced at $320 million, was criticized for being discussed in private.

The Los Angeles Angels are an American professional baseball team based in Anaheim, California, which is part of Orange County and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Angels compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division.

The 45,050-capacity Angel Stadium of Anaheim, originally known as Anaheim Stadium and later Edison International Field of Anaheim, is a modern-style ballpark located in Anaheim, California.
 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Stadium: Dodger Stadium
  • Originally opened: 1962
  • Recent renovation: 2021
  • Cost: $100 million
  • Renovation details: Upgrades to the ballpark included elevators, escalators and bridges that connect the entire stadium. Other upgrades included a two-and-a-half acre centerfield plaza. New concessions are part of the improvements as well, along with home run seats, which greatly increase your chances of going home with a ball.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles. The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division.

The 56,000-capacity Dodger Stadium is a baseball park in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Opened 59 years ago on April 10th, 1962, it was constructed in less than three years at a cost of US$23 million.
 

  • Miami Marlins
  • Stadium: LoanDepot Park
  • Originally opened: 2012
  • Cost: $634 million
  • Public portion: Taxpayers covered 80 percent.

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. The Marlins compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division. Their home park is the LoanDepot Park. The franchise began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins.

The 36,742-capacity LoanDepot Park is a retractable roof baseball park located in Miami, Florida. It is the current home of the Miami Marlins, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise. It is located on 17 acres of the former Miami Orange Bowl site in Little Havana, about 2 miles West of Downtown.
 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Stadium: American Family Field
  • Originally opened: 2001
  • Recent renovation: 2021
  • Renovation details: The stadium has a new LED light system. Fans also have the opportunity to experience Miller Lite Landing, which has a bar, standing room and seats.

The Milwaukee Brewers are an American professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division. The Brewers are named for the City’s association with the brewing industry.

The 41,900-capacity American Family Field, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, commonly referred to as ‘Am-Fam Field’, is a retractable roof baseball park which is home to Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.
 

  • Minnesota Twins
  • Stadium: Target Field
  • Originally opened: 2010
  • Recent renovation: 2018
  • Renovation details: The Twins created Bat & Barrel in right field, which replaced the Metropolitan Club. Bat & Barrel is a gathering space where fans can see the game from community tables behind large glass windows down the right field line. Along with Bat & Barrel, the team expanded concourse at the entrance close to the right field foul pole.

The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central Division. The team is named after the Twin Cities area which includes the two adjoining Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The 39,504-capacity Target Field is a baseball park in the historic warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis. It is the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, the State’s Major League Baseball franchise. It is named after the Minneapolis-based retailer Target Corporation. It was home of the MLB All-Star game in 2014.
 

  • New York Mets
  • Stadium: Citi Field
  • Originally opened: 2009
  • Recent renovation: Steve Cohen, owner of the Mets, asked fans on Twitter in January about what changes they’d make to the stadium.
  • Original cost: $830.6 million
  • Public portion: $614.3 million in public money and tax breaks.

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens. The Mets compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division.

The 41,922-capacity Citi Field is a baseball park located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York City. Completed in 2009, it is the home field of the New York Mets of the National League East division of Major League Baseball. The stadium was built as a replacement for the adjacent Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964.
 

  • New York Yankees
  • Stadium: Yankee Stadium
  • Originally opened: 2009
  • Recent renovation: 2017
  • Original cost: $2.3 billion
  • Public portion: $1.186 billion came in the form of public money and tax breaks.
  • Renovation details: Renovations to the stadium included adding social gathering spots, a play area for kids and more food items.

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division.

The 54,251-capacity Yankee Stadium is a baseball park located in Concourse, Bronx, New York City. It is the home field for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball and New York City FC of Major League Soccer, as well as being the host stadium for the annual Pinstripe Bowl game.
 

  • Oakland Athletics
  • Stadium: RingCentral Coliseum
  • Originally opened: 1966
  • Recent renovation: The Oakland A’s announced in May that they would be looking at relocating as MLB directed them to consider other markets. The A’s want to build a waterfront stadium in downtown Oakland.

The Oakland Athletics, often referred to as the ‘A’s’, are an American professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division. The team plays its home games at the Oakland Coliseum.

The 63,132-capacity Oakland Coliseum, branded as RingCentral Coliseum for naming rights reasons, is a multipurpose stadium in Oakland, California. It is located on 7000 Coliseum Way, adjacent to the Oakland Arena along Interstate 880.
 

  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Stadium: Citizens Bank Park
  • Originally opened: 2004
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Original cost: $458 million
  • Public portion: The total cost of the Eagles and Phillies stadiums was “$1 billion, with a little more than half paid by the City and State taxpayers, partly financed by the bonds and the rest by the teams”.
  • Renovation details: The Phillies changed McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon into a new fan area called Pass and Stow. Also, the concourse was repurposed, with a new Shake Shack part of the redone area. For the outdoor area, there’s a beer garden patio, as well as fire pits, ample standing room, and more.

The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division. Since 2004, the team’s home stadium has been Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia.

The 43,035-capacity Citizens Bank Park is a baseball park located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the City’s South Philadelphia Sports Complex. It is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise.
 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Stadium: PNC Park
  • Originally opened: 2001
  • Recent renovation: 2020
  • Original cost: $262 million
  • Public portion: $143 million
  • Renovation details: The Pirates replaced some of their seats ahead of the 2020 season, and the project was supposed to be part of the start of long-term plans for the stadium.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh. The Pirates compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.

The 38,362-capacity PNC Park is a baseball park located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise. It was opened during the 2001 MLB season, after the controlled implosion of the Pirates’ previous home, the Three Rivers Stadium.
 

  • San Diego Padres
  • Stadium: Petco Park
  • Originally opened: 2004
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Original cost: $474 million
  • Public portion: About half was financed by bonds and hotel taxes. Also $20 million from the Port of San Diego.
  • Renovation details: The Compass Premier Club was upgraded as the space got an expanded bar area, as well as retractable windows and technology improvements.

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team based in San Diego, California. The Padres compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division. Founded in 1969, the club has won two NL pennants – in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both years.

The 42,445-capacity Petco Park is a baseball park located in the downtown area of San Diego, California, United States, that is the current home to the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. In addition to baseball, the park is also used as venue for concerts, soccer, golf, and rugby sevens.
 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Stadium: Oracle Park
  • Originally opened: 2000
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Original cost: $357 million
  • Public portion: Zero. All privately financed
  • Renovation details: The Giants constructed new bullpens, building two bullpens beyond the outfield wall ahead of the 2020 season.

The San Francisco Giants are an American professional baseball team based in San Francisco. The Giants compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division.

The 41,915-capacity Oracle Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise.
 

  • Seattle Mariners
  • Stadium: T-Mobile Park
  • Originally opened: 1999
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Renovation cost: $29.8 million
  • Public portion: Zero
  • Renovation details: The Mariners’ T-Mobile Park received $29.8 million in improvements for the 2020 season, with work including 49 infrastructure projects as well as fan upgrades. The projects were slated to be part of the Mariners’ commitment to spend at least $280 million over the next 10 years to upgrade and maintain the stadium.

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division. The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome.

The T-Mobile Park is a retractable roof baseball park in Seattle, Washington, United States. Owned and operated by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District, it is the home stadium of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball and has a seating capacity of 47,929 for baseball.
 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Stadium: Busch Stadium
  • Originally opened: 2006
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Original cost: $365 million
  • Public portion: The Cardinals covered nearly 90 percent of costs, St. Louis provided money from local admissions tax on tickets, and the State paid to clear and prepare the site for development.
  • Renovation details: The Cardinals were renovating 21 party suites alongside the right-field line, aiming to provide a more modern look and updated sports decor.

The St. Louis Cardinals are an American professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division. Since the 2006 season, the Cardinals have played their home games at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis.

The Busch Stadium, also referred to informally as the ‘New Busch Stadium’ or ‘Busch Stadium III’, is a baseball park located in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, the City’s Major League Baseball franchise. The stadium has a seating capacity of 44,494, and contains 3,706 club seats and 61 luxury suites.
 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Stadium: Tropicana Field
  • Originally opened: 1990
  • Recent renovation: 2019
  • Renovation details: The Rays announced plans to reduce seating capacity, going from 31,042 seats to in the range of 25,000 to 26,000. Along with the plans to reduce the number of seats, the Rays said they’d plan to create more social gathering spots. They created the Left Field Ledge, which consists of a full-service bar, ledge tables and seated drink rails.

The Tampa Bay Rays are an American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division. Since its inception, the team’s home venue has been Tropicana Field.

The 42,735-capacity Tropicana Field, also commonly known as The Trop, is a domed stadium located in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, that has been the home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball since the team’s inaugural season in 1998.
 

  • Texas Rangers
  • Stadium: Globe Life Field
  • Originally opened: 2020
  • Recent renovation: N/A
  • Cost: About $1.2 billion
  • Public portion: The Rangers and the City of Arlington had an agreement to split the payment half and half, the City’s financial contribution was capped at $500 million. Contributions from the City were funded by a half-cent sales tax, a two percent hotel tax and a five percent car rental tax.

The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Texas competes in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division.

The 40,300-capacity Globe Life Field is a retractable roof baseball park in Arlington, Texas. Since 2020, it is the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
 

  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Stadium: Rogers Centre
  • Originally opened: 1989
  • Recent renovation: Rogers Centre could be looking at being demolished as owners of the team are interested in taking down the stadium and replacing it with a new one in Toronto’s downtown.

The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Canada. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division.

The 53,506-capacity Rogers Centre is a multipurpose retractable roof stadium in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated just Southwest of the CN Tower near the Northern shore of Lake Ontario. Opened in 1989 on the former Railway Lands, it is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.
 

  • Washington Nationals
  • Stadium: Nationals Park
  • Originally opened: 2008
  • Recent renovation: 2017
  • Original cost: $693 million
  • Public portion: The City paid the bulk of the cost
  • Renovation details: The Nationals almost doubled their number of wireless Internet access points in the stadium to create improved coverage and faster browsing speeds. Washington also added the MGM National Harbor Dugout Club next to the home dugout, which includes eight luxury seats, TVs, a private restroom, a personal attendant, and a filled refrigerator.

The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division. From 2005 to 2007, the team played in RFK Stadium while a new stadium was being built.

The 41,313-capacity Nationals Park is a baseball park along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Home to the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball since its completion in 2008, it was the first LEED-certified Green major professional sports stadium in the United States.
 
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