It’s official. The Toronto Blue Jays will use their AAA stadium in Buffalo as their home base for the year. They didn’t really want to do so, feeling the facilities are below MLB standards. They’ll be converting some luxury suites to auxiliary locker rooms to be able to maintain social distancing. They’ve also stated the weight room needs updating.
There first choice, of course, was to use their actual home field, the Rogers Center. However, the Canadian government put the kibosh on that, not wanting us Americans to bring more coronavirus across the border. Their spring training facility in Dunedin, FL, is top notch…and in the middle of one of the hottest of hot spots for the virus. They thought they had a deal to use Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, but the PA government said no. Baltimore offered up Camden Yards, but reportedly only in September. The Blue Jays even toyed with playing all “home” games in the opponents’ park, but that’d require living completely in hotels and giving up whatever slight advantage there might be in playing in one’s own stadium sans fans.
Their home opener is July 29. They open the season today in St Pete.