Ballpark Food Rogers Centre

A Reminder: You Can Bring Almost Any Food You Want to a Blue Jays Game

Via @JGoldsbie

I feel like this is one of those “common knowledge” things about the Rogers Centre, but in case you weren’t aware, this is probably one of the best features about coming to a Blue Jays game (aside from the action on the field, of course).

You can bring in pretty much any outside food you want to a Blue Jays game.

The reason for this reminder was brought about by Jake Goldsbie (of Sportsfeld fame), who recently posted his latest conquest in bringing in outside food; a charcuterie board.



According to the Rogers Centre policy, fans are in fact allowed to bring in basically whatever they’d like in the way of outside food. These are the only restrictions below:

Rogers Centre does allow guests to bring food in as long as the items are wrapped, bagged or left inside a container to avoid spillage. Cans, glass bottles, aluminum/steel water bottles or drinks larger than 600 ml are not permitted.

So if you want to bring an extra-large pizza into the Jays game? Go nuts. A quarter chicken dinner? Feel free. A full Thanksgiving meal with turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, squash and pumpkin pie? It’s a huge undertaking, but if you’re up for the task, you can bring it all into the Rogers Centre.

This rule not only includes food, but drinks as well (the non-alcoholic variety, of course). There is a 600 ml bottle restriction, but for the most part, security is pretty lenient. If you were to bring in a 710 ml bottle of Gatorade, you should be okay. However, a 1L bottle of water may be pushing it.

The bottle size isn’t a hard-and-fast rule at every Blue Jays game, it really depends on how thorough security wants to be that particular day. At the very least, if you wanted to bring an entire backpack full of bottles of water, you certainly can.

A pro tip is to grab a hot dog (or in the case of Colby Rasmus – a chicken dog) at one of the stands outside the dome, load it up with all the fixings, and enjoy it inside the Rogers Centre for a fraction of the price.

I can speak from experience that when you’re traveling with kids, bringing in your own food and snacks is essential. Having your own bag packed with Goldfish crackers, juice boxes and granola bars for kids is a life-saver.

For most fans, bringing in outside food is an absolute must to keep costs down, but also because the food offerings at Blue Jays games are often “uninspired” to put it lightly.

Why spend an exorbitant amount of money on subpar ballpark food when you can bring in exactly what you want for free? Rather than spend $5.00 on a boiled hot dog and $5.50 for a bottle of water, why not do as Jake did and put that money towards some salami, a nice loaf of bread and some brie?



Your wallet and your stomach will thank you for it.

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Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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11 Comments

  1. FrankDrakman

    August 13, 2016 - 1:16 pm

    On these hot summer days, I suggest a watermelon salad, with a dressing of lime juice and olive oil, sprinkled with mint and feta cheese. Very refreshing!

  2. Kyle

    August 13, 2016 - 11:19 pm

    I bring a ton of water in my bag to load up when it’s hot. Security is always fine with it.

  3. Rob

    August 13, 2016 - 11:27 pm

    Wow! Been there a ton of times and had no idea. Thank you!

  4. Antony

    August 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm

    Thank you for posting this as I’m not sure that this “perk” is that well known.

    We’ve been bringing our own lunches and drinks in for a few years now and almost every game people ask us either where we got that or how’d you get that in?

    There are also water fountains sprinkled around the stadium to re-fill your bottles as needed.

  5. charlene

    August 15, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    That’s a good thing, because the food venue there sucks!

  6. Ryan

    August 16, 2016 - 1:04 pm

    I was unaware that their policy says you can bring water into the stadium with you. But if this is their policy, they certainly didn’t follow it on Aug. 10th, when my wife and I were there.

    Not sure why it was different on this day, but as we were lined up at the gates, I witnessed several fans being told to dump or throw their liquids out before going through the metal detectors? I didn’t think much of it, other than it being for security reasons.

    However, once I got inside I realized we were being charged $5.50 for a bottle of water, this infuriated me.

    There was a heat alert for Toronto on this day and it was close to 43 degrees with the humidity. They should have been encouraging people to drink fluids by actually giving water away, but instead they chose the “Rogers PR” way and gouged us!

    1. Katherine

      August 31, 2016 - 5:23 pm

      Were they really big bottles or in metal waterbottles? Those they said you cant have… if it wasnt either of these, id be pissed to!

  7. Toronto - Baseball Prospectus

    August 17, 2016 - 7:29 am

    […] he made in Cleveland, there appears to be mounting evidence that Blue Jays’ fans would rather bring their own food than eat what’s available inside the stadium. Fans just aren’t satisfied with the ballpark […]

  8. RJ

    August 18, 2016 - 1:42 pm

    Everyone is going to abuse this now and the team will realize they aren’t making any money off concessions. They will change the policy soon enough.

  9. Al Smith

    August 20, 2016 - 3:02 pm

    Thanks for this!
    If I had known this earlier maybe I could have attended a few more games. I certainly will be testing it out & will enjoy some more games next season. With tickets & parking a jays game can be too tight a squeeze after a snack or god forbid some water… so this is GREAT news!

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