Back in the Day: SkyDome Opening Gala, 1989
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Back in the Day: SkyDome Opening Gala, 1989


The Jays are at home playing the Yankees this weekend, and thousands of Torontonians will head to the Rogers Centre for peanuts and Cracker Jack (code for: hot dogs and beer). For younger residents of the city, the baseball, football, and entertainment venue is a fixture of the city that seems like it’s always been the CN Tower’s squat little neighbour. But, of course, the SkyDome opened in 1989, and it was a major event in the city. The above video, care of Retrontario, shows the gala opening for the stadium, an over-the-top, halftime show–style extravaganza. Hosts Alan Thicke and Andrea Martin go all out with their song and dance routine, accompanied by baseball players hamming it up on stage and an army of silver-shirted cheerleaders, all revelling in the new structure and its headline-grabbing fully retractable roof. Even the rain didn’t stop them.
Hat tip to Philippe Gohier who tweeted the video earlier today and brought it to our attention.

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