The Blue Jays announced Thursday that they will host their first two homestands of the season at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., with the hope of returning to Rogers Centre as soon as possible.
“Like all Canadians, we had hoped to see improvements in the public health outlook as we neared the baseball season,” the team said in a news release. “With the ongoing Canada-US border closure, the Blue Jays have made the difficult decision to play the first two homestands of the 2021 regular season at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, FL, with the hopes of a return to play at Rogers Centre as soon as possible.
“Next to the health and safety of our fans, players, and staff, the Blue Jays’ top priority is returning home to play on Canadian soil as soon as it is safe to do so. The club has been actively working through plans for what a safe return to Rogers Centre could look like, while also scenario planning alternatives. The Blue Jays will re-evaluate the situation and those circumstances will dictate next steps following the first two homestands.”
According to the club, capacity for the first two homestands of the regular season will be capped at 15 percent, as will be the case during Spring Training games.