Blue Jays to Play 2020 Home Games in Pittsburgh: Reports

By , WGR 550 SportsRadio

After being denied the chance to play at Rogers Centre by the Canadian government on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays may finally have a place to call "home" this upcoming season.

According to multiple reports, the Blue Jays are close to an agreement to play their home games during the shortened 2020 season at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates.

It was Jason Mackey from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who first reported on Sunday that the Blue Jays were exploring the possibility of potentially playing their home games this season at PNC Park.

It was reported by The Buffalo News a week-and-a-half ago that the Blue Jays had reached out to the ownership group of the Buffalo Bisons, their Triple-A affiliate, about playing their home games in downtown Buffalo at Sahlen Field. However, there was concern when it came to the lighting situation at the ballpark, as well as smaller clubhouses, trainers facilities and batting cages, according to The Buffalo News.

The Blue Jays had also reportedly looked into playing their home games this season at their spring training facility, TD Ballpark, in Dunedin, Florida, but that may have been risky with the growing number of coronavirus cases across the state. Other cities like Baltimore, Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina had reportedly been talked about as possible destinations to host the Blue Jays this season.

Canada denied the Blue Jays' request to play at Rogers Centre this season due to the regular season schedule requiring frequent travel back-and-forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases continue to rise. The team would have needed to quarantine for 14 days every time it returned from a road trip in the U.S., in accordance with measures imposed by the Canadian government.

An official announcement of the plans for the 2020 season could come as soon as Wednesday.

The Blue Jays are scheduled to open their home schedule on Wednesday, July 29 against the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals.