Toronto Blue Jays Tickets
The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team from Canada that was formed in 1977 and competes in the Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the two MLB franchises that are based outside the US. It is a part of the American League East division and plays its home games at the SkyDome, now more commonly referred to as the Rogers Center. The team has been to the playoffs as recently as 2016 and therefore, it comes as no surprise that fans are purchasing Toronto Blue Jays tickets for the entire season - to keep up with their favorite team at all the right moments.
The Origins of Toronto Blue Jays
The name of the team comes from Blue jay, a bird. Its official colors are royal blue, navy blue, white and red. The Blue Jays is an expansion franchise and was founded in Toronto in 1977. Initially the team was located at the Exhibition Stadium and played its home games at the associated SkyDome starting 1989. After the ownership changed from the Labatt Brewing Company to Rogers Communications in 2004, the SkyDome was renamed the Rogers Center.
The Blue Jays – Over the Years
In its early years, the Toronto Blue Jays struggled, like any other expansion team. It often finished in the last place and had overall lackluster performances. But things began to take an upward turn for the team in 1983, when the Blue Jays had their first winning season. Following this, in 1985, the team managed to become division champions. In the next eight years, up till the 1993 season, the team was a force to reckon with as they won back to back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. They also won five out of nine division championships. These performances and unbeatable records can be attributed to the team’s strong core players at the time. This included big names such as Roberto Alomar, John Olerud, Devon White and Joe Carter. Thanks to these players, the Toronto Blue Jays had their longest and most illustrious winning streak during this period.
After this golden period, however, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for 21 consecutive seasons, until managing to clinch a playoff berth in 2015. The 2016 season also saw the team get a second consecutive playoff berth after they managed to secure the AL wild card position. In both these seasons, the Toronto Blue Jays managed to bag the AL Division Series, but could not win the AL Championship Series.
The team is now showing a stronger form than it did in the last two decades. Supporters of the team are therefore trying to get their hands Toronto Blue Jays tickets.
The Popularity of the Toronto Blue Jays
According to Forbes, the popularity of the MLB team has consistently risen since 1998, with only a slight dip in the number during 2010-2011. Towards the start of 2017, the team experienced its highest levels of popularity since 1998, with a valuation of $1300 million.
The popularity of the team can be measured in terms of attendance as well. In 1977, after merely 50 games played on their home ground, the Blue Jays managed to set a record for a first-year expansion team in the MLB, with a staggering attendance of 1,210,551 during these games. By the end of the season, this number had risen to 1,701,152 fans. A few years later, the Blue Jays managed to draw in more than four million fans, becoming the first team to ever have done that. The record was eventually broken 2 years later by the Colorado Rockies.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ popularity has a lot to do with famous names in the roster as well. Dave Stieb, Roy Halladay and Jose Bautista are some of the famous names who have been a part of the team over the years. All of them have received a staggering amount of All-Star votes.
The Toronto Blue Jays have had several mascots over the year. Between 1979 and 1999, the BK Birdy was its only mascot. In 2000, a pair of new mascots was brought as, known as Ace and Diamond. Towards the end of the 2003 season, Diamond was removed as the mascot and Ace became the only mascot. Ace is now usually escorted by his younger brother, Junior, typically on the Jr. Jay Saturday promotions.