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Beer becomes available at Blue Jays games

The Story

Ever since the Toronto Blue Jays' opening pitch in 1977, Exhibition Stadium has been the only park in Major League Baseball where fans couldn't enjoy a beer while cheering on their team. But they can finally join the rest of the big leagues in July 1982 when the Ontario government agrees to ballpark beer sales as a two-year experiment. "It's about time!" is the general consensus among fans in this CBC-TV report, but one man isn't buying it: "No glass of beer is worth a dollar seventy-five."  

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 30, 1982
Host: George McLean
Reporter: David Burke
Duration: 1:54

Did You know?

• A 12-ounce cup of beer cost $1.75 in 1982, which translates to $4.01 in 2015 dollars. In the 2015 season the smallest cup of beer available at Rogers Stadium (home of the Blue Jays) was 14 ounces, and it cost $6.79. According to the MLB fan cost index report, that placed Rogers Centre seventh-highest in the league for beer prices.


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