After two months in Florida, the vagabond Toronto Blue Jays are again ready to take flight in June and make their temporary home in Buffalo, New York, it was announced Wednesday.
The Blue Jays said they will return to Sahlen Field on June 1 against the Miami Marlins, Sportsnet reported Wednesday. They played the first two months of the season at TD Ballpark — their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida — because of Canadian government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Toronto last played at home at Rogers Centre, with its 49,000-person capacity, on Sept. 29, 2019.
Buffalo, we’re BACK!⁰⁰We’ll see you June 1st 👋 pic.twitter.com/LptYcKOAZD
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 5, 2021
The Blue Jays played home games during the shortened 2020 season at Sahlen Field — home of their Buffalo Bisons Triple-A farm team — and went 17-9. The Canadian government didn’t allow the team to play at home because of the risk of spreading COVID-19 because of frequent travel required during a baseball season.
While there were no fans during the 2020 season, Buffalo will accommodate approximately 3,500 fans per game at Sahlen Field this season.
Prior to games being played in Buffalo, a jointly funded renovation project will move the bullpens off the field to behind the outfield walls, install new batting cages beyond right field, re-sod the outfield grass, add a new weight room to the renovated clubhouse and install LED bulbs as well as two additional lighting poles.
The Blue Jays, who have 10 games remaining in Dunedin, are 14-14 and are in fourth place in the AL East through Tuesday’s games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.