Blue Jays to call Buffalo or Dunedin home after Rogers Center takes out

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The Blue Jays will play their home games in Buffalo, New York or Dunedin, Florida this season after the federal government rejected a plan that would have allowed them to use the Rogers Center.

Their home opener is scheduled for July 29 against the Washington Nationals World Series champion.

The Jays had presented a 176-page return-to-play proposal to all three levels of government, including modified quarantine at the Rogers Center and the adjacent hotel, in hopes of a 14-day quarantine exemption that applies to the general. public during the crossing in Canada.

In a statement on Saturday afternoon, Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro said: “From the start of discussions with the league and government officials, the safety of the community at large – our fans. – and the team has remained the priority of everyone involved, and with that, the club fully respects the decision of the federal government.

“Although our team will not be playing home games at the Rogers Center this summer, our players will be on the field for the 2020 season with the same pride and passion, representative of an entire nation. We cannot wait for the day when we can play again in front of our supporters on Canadian soil.

The club added that they are still in the process of finalizing their home.

The home of their triple A subsidiary, the Buffalo Bisons, has certain drawbacks. The club’s stadium, Sahlen Field, opened in 1988 and lower lighting is one of the gaps.

The Jays’ spring base in Dunedin, however, is in a state where the rate of new COVID-19 cases reaches daily records.

They are scheduled to open the regular season Friday in Tampa, Fla.

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