Toronto Skydome

Canada has been the site of 5 exhibition AFL matches and holds the world record for attendance at a match outside Australia, 32,789 fans.

YearLocationStadiumTeamsAttendance
1987VancouverBC PlaceMelbourne v. Nth Melbourne7980
1987VancouverBC PlaceMelbourne v. Sydney32789
1987VancouverBC PlaceCollingwood v. Hawthorn
1988TorontoVarsity StadiumCollingwood v. Hawthorn18500
1989TorontoToronto SkydomeGeelong v. Melbourne24639

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario. It is the most populous city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

The former railway land area of downtown Ontario near the northern shore of Lake Ontario was a prime site for redevelopment. The initial building was the CN Tower, a concrete communications and observation Tower. It was opened in 1976. Until 2007 it was the World’s tallest free standing structure.

In 1984 the Metro Toronto Convention Centre was added. It was the site of CAPEX’87, Canada’s third International Philatelic Exhibition, held from June 13 to 2. CAPEX celebrated the 120th anniversary of Canada`s Confederation and the 100th anniversary of the sponsoring organization, the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.

Most of the covers and miniature sheet showed the CN Tower and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

CAPEX ’87 Miniature Sheets

CAPEX ’87 Covers

The site development was completed in 1989 with the opening of the Skydome. This was a multipurpose stadium. It is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s Major League Baseball Team. It has also hosted Canadian and National Football League teams and other large events such as conventions, trade fairs, concerts, travelling carnivals, circuses and monster truck shows.

The venue was the first major team sports stadium in North America with a functional, fully retractable roof. The Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel is also within Rogers Centre with 70 rooms and a restaurant and bar called the Sportsnet Grill overlooking the field. It was renamed the Rogers Centre, in 2005, after the communication company that purchased it and owned the BlueJays.

In 1989 the AFL played an exhibition game at the Skydome. It was between Geelong and Melbourne.

Other Covers

CAPEX ’96 Miniature Sheets

CAPEX ’96 Covers

In 1996 the Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosted CAPEX ’96, Canada’s Full International Stamp Exhibitions. CAPEX ’22 will also be held in Toronto. Most covers and miniature sheets showed the Skydome

Stamp Issues

Toronto celebrated its Bicentenary with a stamp of the CN Tower and the Skydome issued on 6 August 1993. Canada Post Corporation issued a set of four stamps for the The Millennium Collection, Engineering and Technological Marvels, on March 17, 2000. The C46c showed the CN Tower.

Liberia issued a stamp series in 2001 named a Philatelic Tour of The World. The Canadian stamp showed Mount Assiniboine, the CN Tower with the Skydome in front. The $15 denomination is the lower right corner stamp.