The Blue Jays spent the first month of the 2021 season playing their home games at their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. However, the team announced on Wednesday that they will be moving their home games to Buffalo’s Sahlen Field from June 1 – the home of their Triple-A partner and the location of their home games last summer. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported on the Buffalo withdrawal just before the Jays made the official announcement.
According to the announcement, the Blue Jays are in a renovation project at Sahlen Field to prepare the facility for compliance with health and safety protocols associated with returning fans. Updates are also being made to the field itself and facilities, including moving the bullpens off the field and behind the field walls, installing new batting cages behind the right field wall, re-sewing the field grass and a new weight room, updated clubhouse facilities and facilities Stadium lighting updates. While these renovations are ongoing, they are expected to be completed before June 1st. Meanwhile, the bison are playing their home games in Trenton, New Jersey to accommodate the Blue Jays move and ongoing renovations, Davidi said.
The move to Sahlen Field is perpetual as the return to Toronto is subject to government regulations and recommendations from medical experts in Canada. For now, the Jays thanked the city of Buffalo and Bisons and expressed their enthusiasm for the opportunity to return to the location of their “strong 2020 campaign”, this time with personal cheers from fans in the Buffalo region.
The Jays will open Sahlen Field at 24% capacity and begin selling tickets on the morning of May 13th. The full press release is available here (courtesy of Mark Feinsand of MLB.com on Twitter).