Thursday, April 10, 2008

This is why I love Canada.

The Toronto Blue Jays, in an attempt to draw more people to early-season games (which aren't usually too well-attended), made all their upper-deck tickets $2, in an promotion that everyone is calling "Toonie Tuesday."

Whoops! Guess what happened when a bunch of people got into a game they probably didn't care about, and had a little more jingle-in-the-pocket for beer:

Blue Jays may scrap $2 ticket promotion if unruly fans continue to fight

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays may scrap their $2 Tuesdays ticket promotion after ugly brawls erupted in the stands during the discount night's season debut.

Team president Paul Godfrey watched the fights from his private box during Tuesday's 9-8 loss to Oakland and decided immediately that alcohol sales would be barred from the $2 sections for the three remaining promo dates this season: May 6 versus Tampa Bay, May 20 versus the Angels, and June 10 versus Seattle.

If trouble continues despite the ban, the program won't return in 2009.

"We're not going to tolerate that kind of behaviour," Godfrey said before Wednesday's contest. "You don't associate that with Toronto and you don't associate that with this ball park. It's not going to continue."

There were also several melees in the stands during Friday night's home opener against Boston, video of which has found its way on to YouTube. About 100 fans were ejected that night and another 100 fans were tossed Tuesday.

Both times the trouble was in the upper 500 level of the Rogers Centre and was "alcohol related" according to Godfrey.

"It's really unfortunate some fans feel like it's a night club here," he said. "The few can always ruin it for the majority."

If I can, I'm going to go to the next one, just to see how much booze people can sneak in and how drunk they can get off it. Should be fantastic.


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Renee said...

Oh, yeeeah. I had a friend at that game. He couldn't stop laughing about it. He said it was "a shitstorm." Good summer fun, four thumbs up.