Blue Jays set June 1 as date for return 'home' to Buffalo

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The Blue Jays are coming home again — to Buffalo.

While always in the plan to return to Sahlen Field, the team announced on Wednesday that it will begin the Buffalo portion of its schedule with a five-game home stand starting on June 1.

TD Ballpark in Dunedin was always going to be a short-term solution this season as the Jays agonizingly wait for government clearance to return home to Toronto and the Rogers Centre.

But with late-day thunderstorms and severe heat being issues in Florida the deeper we get into spring — making TD Ballpark untenable — the Jays will move to the home of their triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.

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The first Buffalo homestand will be a five-game affair, with a pair against the Miami Marlins and three against the Houston Astros. After that, the Jays hit the road before returning for a June 14 three-gamer against the Yankees, who griped about the minor-league park on their visits last summer.

It has always been the Jays hope to return to Toronto — and a slim possibility that they could skip the Buffalo stop — but with the Canada-U.S. border still closed and COVID-19 numbers still high in southwestern Ontario, that isn’t happening any time soon.


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The move means the Jays only have 10 games remaining at TD Ballpark, where they have compiled a 7-4 record.

The triple-A Bisons have shuffled off to Trenton, N.J. for the season to make room for the Jays. Unlike the 2020 residency at Sahlen Field, fans will be allowed into the ballpark for 2021 games, which has necessitated significant renovations to the stadium.

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In terms of fans, the Jays will currently be limited to a 24% capacity at Sahlen Field (where the Jays were 17-9 last season), adhering to state and local guidelines. Tickets for the first homestand will go on sale on May 13.

Fan protocols include tickets sold in pods of up to four seats spaced a minimum of six feet apart. Fans aged three years and older must present full proof of vaccination.

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