BUFFALO – The Toronto Blue Jays settled on Buffalo’s Sahlen Field as their 2020 home Friday, according to an industry source, ending a lengthy search for a place to play that included two government rejections and frayed nerves up and down the organization.
Blue Jays To Stage Majority Of 2020 Home Games In Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/BxlV7cgieJ
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 24, 2020
A last-ditch attempt to secure a big-league home at Baltimore’s Camden Yards met reluctance from Maryland officials, forcing the shift to their triple-A home.
Sahlen Field will require a series of upgrades, particularly to bring its lighting up to major-league standards and to the clubhouses so they will be COVID-19-compliant, but from an operations perspective, Buffalo is turn-key for the Blue Jays.
While it won’t be ready in time for the scheduled July 29-30 home-opening series against the Washington Nationals – staying in D.C., to play the series there has been discussed – the July 29-Aug. 2 series against the Philadelphia Phillies hasn’t been ruled out if all goes quickly.
More likely is that Sahlen Field is ready for a five-game homestand starting Aug. 11 against the Miami Marlins.
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