Tall Cans Won’t Be Served in the 500 Level at the Rogers Centre

Leave it up to a bunch of bad apples to spoil it for the whole bunch.

In a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, starting this evening, tall boy cans will not be served in the 500 Level at the Rogers Centre anymore during the playoffs.


There is no indication from Rosenthal as to whether this is moving forward or whether it’s just for the remainder of the ALCS (or the World Series, if the Blue Jays get there).

This move was in response to what happened in Game 5 of the ALDS; when beer cans were littered onto the field from the stands during the bizarre seventh inning of play against the Texas Rangers.

In an attempt to curb fans from hurling these aluminum rockets onto the field, beer in the 500 Level will now be poured into plastic cups.

It’s a move I’m all for, but the issue now is that this will significantly increase the time it takes to get a beer in the 500 Level. Now instead of a server simply cracking a beer, they’ll have to pour it into a glass; multiple this a few thousand times and you increase the serve time exponentially.

And as far as I can tell, this also means any beer vendors that venture up to the 500 Level will have to pour beers into plastic cups. This also increases the serve time and can’t be ideal for those servers in the upper deck.

If you’ll recall, up until a few years ago, all beer at the Rogers Centre was poured into plastic cups. The weird thing was they had access to tall cans in the fridge, but simply poured that beer from the tall cans into plastic cups.

They wisely did away with that decision and simply did away with the plastic cups altogether, but after what happened during Game 5, we may see a resurgence of the plastic beer cups across the entire Rogers Centre.

This kind of move really singles out the fans in the 500 Level, but the truth is that things were thrown onto the field from all levels at the Rogers Centre during Game 5.

The difference is the people in the upper deck have the most potential to hurt somebody with a flying object, that’s why this move has been made. If people are going to be stupid, they’re going to throw stuff on the field regardless.


Keep in mind folks … it’s not Bash at the Beach 1996. If anything, hurl insults towards the opposing players, not beers.

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Ian Hunter

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 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

3 thoughts on “Tall Cans Won’t Be Served in the 500 Level at the Rogers Centre

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Hawked beer for MLSE for a summer (at BMO field). All beer was poured into cups, I believe it was MLSE policy at the time. It's totally possible, but insanely inconvenient for vendors to pour tall boys – don't expect to see them in the 500's anytime soon.

  • October 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    i pretty much blame Rogers for this to begin with. way way back when I remember since they started serving beer it was in cups. So people, drink at home, as most will be driving I'm sure.

  • October 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Take a look at British football (soccer) grounds for what rules you could have in the future. No beer in seats at all. Don't be throwing them cans. What an atmosphere finally back at Jay`s games. More four o'clock starts please. It helps those in the UK.

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