The 2021 Blue Jays are likely not going to start their upcoming season at the iconic Rogers Center in downtown Toronto. Following the 2020 season which saw the Blue Jays play all home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, it’s inevitable that they will be following that up on 2021 playing home games somewhere outside of Canada.
2021 Blue Jays: A Place to Call Home
The Blue Jays hope to return to Toronto before the end of the 2021 season however, in the meantime they must find a place to operate and call home. The signs all point to the team remaining in Dunedin, Florida at TD Bank Park, the home of the Blue Jays spring training and practice facilities.
This location would make for an easy transformation to an everyday home field, just as the Buffalo Bisons’ stadium was revamped for Toronto in 2020. The likelihood of Toronto remaining in Dunedin is continuously growing, with everything already set up for spring training it wouldn’t take much to get the facilities ready for a 162 game season.
2021 Blue Jays: Playing Home Games on the Road
The Toronto Blue Jays may also look at the option of playing all home games on the road. Evidently, Toronto would be the home team at the opposing team’s home field, yes it gets confusing, quickly. This scenario although possible is not the best solution to the need for a home field. The Blue Jays discussed this option in 2020 however, they felt it was best to have a home field and somewhere for the players to settle and be able to make a home-like atmosphere.
Rumors have it that Toronto could also split Tropicana Field with the Tampa Bay Rays, making the move from the Blue Jays spring training facilities and Dunedin a lot easier for the organization. Again, this is the last resort for Toronto as they want to have a stadium that they can call their own while welcoming a small capacity of fans. Toronto will operate with 15% fan capacity at TD Bank Park in Dunedin, Florida for spring training.
Either way, the outlook for the Toronto Blue Jays will see them play a majority of their home games in Dunedin, Florida, or in a stadium outside of Canada. The potential for no Blue Jays games at the Rogers Center in 2021 is extremely high and will depend on covid-19 vaccinations, federal and provincial government to make it possible.
2021 Blue Jays: The Need To Win
The easiest way for the Blue Jays to combat the uncertainty of their home field situation is to win ball games. No matter where the team finds themselves calling home the focus will be winning, especially with a revamped roster with plenty of talent and youth. Toronto has raised the expectations surrounding the team and the only thing left for them to do is put it in play and find ways to win.
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