It has finally been settled. Mere hours before they begin the 2020 season on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays, it looks like the Toronto Blue Jays finally have a temporary home.
The Jays had been out in the cold after Canada denied their request for an exemption when it comes to travel restrictions from the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That has now changed.
Blue Jays will play home games in Buffalo during 2020 MLB season
Located in Western New York, Buffalo always seemed to be the likeliest scenario. Though, Pittsburgh became a real possibility. That changed when health officials in Pennsylvania pushed back against the idea. At noted in the above-mentioned report, Baltimore was also a possibility.
How will 2020 season look in Buffalo?
The Blue Jays will play their 30 home games at Sahlen Field, the home of their Triple-A affiliate. There has been some concern that lighting was not up to snuff when it comes to Major League Baseball standards.
The stadium sits a capacity of 16,600. Though, that doesn’t really matter given fans are highly unlikely to be in attendance throughout the 2020 season due to the ongoing pandemic.
The dimensions are a bit more interesting. It’s 325 feet to both left and right field and just over 400 feet to center field. That’s pretty much the same exact dimensions as Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The Jays will open up their home slate in Western New York against the Washington Nationals next Wednesday.