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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
SkyDome opens in Toronto with playoff feel
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 5, 1989

At a cost of $500 million Canadian, Toronto unveils its newest wonder. SkyDome is a 50,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, complete with Hard Rock Cafe, a huge hotel and McDonald's. The sky is overcast as the day starts, but by late afternoon the sun is shining and the retractable roof is rolled back for tonight's Brewers-Blue Jays game.

Construction crews worked around the clock for the opening, and a lot is unfinished. There is no batting practice because of work being done to the outfield fence.

Still, the contest has a postseason atmosphere as both teams line up for the pregame introductions and Canadian star Anne Murray sings the national anthems of Canada and the United States.

The first pitch at the SkyDome is a strike by Jimmy Key to Paul Molitor at 7:46 p.m. The ball is removed from play and will be sent to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Blue Jays lose 5-3, with Milwaukee's Glenn Braggs breaking a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

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