Last night’s Tigers/Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre in Toronto was a decidedly “dry” affair, but it wasn’t just because the roof was closed: The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario banned beer and alcohol for the game due to past infractions at the ballpark.
And, it wasn’t just fans that found themselves being subjected to the banning, according to MLB.com:
"They took it all out," said Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, who then chuckled. "I haven't opened my fridge yet to see if there's any in there."
Tuesday's game was one of three scheduled alcohol-free dates at Rogers Centre. The ban will also be in effect on April 21, when the Blue Jays host the Rangers, and for a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 1. The Gaming Commission cited five broken rules at baseball and football games and concerts dating back to 2007.
What, exactly, were the rules that were broken at Rogers Centre, thus causing the ban?
- Permitting drunkenness
- Permitting the use of narcotics
- Selling and serving to apparent minors
- Failure to request approved identification
- Permitting illegal liquor on the premises
For those that simply can’t handle the notion of going to a Blue Jays game without getting buzzed, the Jays are offering ticket exchanges for the dates affected by the ban.
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