Rogers Centre Ground Rule Particulars
Fair ball lodging in fence padding: Two Bases.
Fair ball (bounding) striking fence padding and bouncing over fence: Two Bases.
Fair ball (bounding) striking padding on outfield fence above/beyond railing to foul or seating side of foul line: Out of Play.
Batted ball striking the top of the outfield wall above the left center and right center field videoboards and bounding over the fence: Home Run.
Batted ball striking the top of the outfield wall above the left center and right center field videoboards and rebounding onto the playing field: In Play.
MOVEMENT OF ROOF:
Please refer to Commissioner's Bulletin regarding opening and closing of retractable roofs.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS RETRACTABLE ROOF GUIDELINES
Roof will be closed when:
• Forecast temperatures will be below 10 degrees C.
• Winds will be in excess of 64km/hr - 10 min. average wind speed (Design condition)
• Past experiences have demonstrated that fan comfort may be affected by temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees C â€“ therefore forecasted temperatures at the start and end of game will be factored into the decision
• Winds above 20 km/hr will also have a cooling effect reducing temperatures below our 10 to15-degree threshold
• The risk of rain is great ( ie: >75% )
While there shall be no definitive temperature standard used to determine roof closure, less than 50 degrees at field level is generally considered uncomfortable for our fans. Under those conditions, particularly if there are threatening skies, closing the roof is a recommended policy.
Roof will be open when:
Prior to start of the game:
• Forecast temperatures and environmental conditions permit the safe opening and operation of the roof. Temperatures should be above 15 degrees C with very little chance of precipitation (< 45%). Weather forecasts and radar will be used to determine these ideal conditions
During the game when:
• Weather conditions improve. Opening the roof during the game will follow MLB Standards and On Field Operations Regulation 1-12. Factors such as temperature, precipitation and shadows (caused by moving panels) will be considered before making the final decision to open the roof during a game.
Universal Ground Rules:
The Commissionerâ€™s Office has issued the following Universal Ground Rules for use in all Major League ballparks this season. Ground Rules pertaining to individual parks are posted separately in those parks.
- Ball on the top step (lip) of the dugout is in play.
- No equipment is permitted to be left on the top step (lip) of the dugout. If a ball hits equipment left on the top step it is dead.
- A player is not permitted to step or go into a dugout to make a catch.
- A player is permitted to reach into a dugout to make a catch. If a player makes a catch outside the dugout and the player’s momentum carries him into the dugout, then the catch is allowed and the ballis dead. See Rule5.09(a)(1) Comment.
- A batted ball in flight can be caught between or under railings and around screens.
- A catch may be made on the field tarp.
- Batted or thrown ball lodging in the rotating signage behind home plate or along first base or third base stands is out of play.
- Batted or thrown ball resting on the rotating signage behind home plate or along first base or third base stands is in play.
- The facings of railings surrounding the dugout and photographers areas are in play.
- Any cameras or microphones permanently attached on railings or along outfield walls are treated as part of the railings or outfield walls and are in play.
- Any recessed railings or poles that are in the dugout and photographers areas are out of play and should be marked with red to mark them out of play.
- Robotic cameras or audio equipment attached to the facing of the backstop screen are considered part of the screen.
- A batted ball striking the backstop camera or audio equipment is considered a dead ball.
- A thrown ball striking the backstop camera or audio equipment is considered in play.
- A ball striking the guy wires that support the backstop is a dead ball.
- A ball lodging behind or under canvas on field tarp is out of play.
- A ball striking the field tarp and rebounding onto the playing field is in play.
- No chairs can be brought out of the dugout or bullpen and onto the playing field.
- All yellow lines are in play.