Toronto Blue Jays Hoping to Play Home Games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this Year

| July 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Update 7/27: The Blue Jays have will play home games in Buffalo. 

The Canadian government denied the Toronto Blue Jays, the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball (MLB), permission to play games at its Toronto home ballpark of Rogers Centre and now the team is looking for a home ballpark. The Blue Jays are hoping to play home games this year at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, but will need permission from the State of Maryland. MLB has announced the season will start without fans in the stands.

The Blue Jays looked into playing games at its AAA affiliate in Buffalo, which is a couple hours from Toronto, or at the team’s spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida. But according to CBS Sports, “There were concerns over ballpark adjustments that would be necessary in Buffalo and Florida’s ongoing COVID-19 surge for their spring training site as well as Blue Jays players expressing their want to play in a big-league ballpark.”

The Orioles have granted the Blue Jays permission to play at Oriole Park, but both teams are waiting on a decision from the Maryland government.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told the Associated Press, “We’ve had some discussions with the Orioles. I don’t know the final details of that. We’re concerned about the spikes in other states.”

From Sports Illustrated:

Toronto will not be able to use the home locker room at Camden Yards, though that may not be the only issue, per The Athletic’s Dan Connolly and Ken Rosenthal. The Blue Jays would also not be able to use the visiting clubhouse, necessitating, “a makeshift clubhouse,” per Connolly and Rosenthal.

The Blue Jays will be on the road for their first five games of 2020. They are slated to hold their first home game on July 29, though the location for the battle against Washington is still pending.

The Orioles and Blue Jays will play each other 10 times this season. Every game on the Orioles and Blue Jays schedules will be against American League East and National League East teams.

The Blue Jays explored playing at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but were denied permission.

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