Blue Jays Interested in Playing Home Games in Buffalo: Report


The Buffalo Blue Jays?

MLB's sole Canada-based franchise could be playing its home games in the land of the Bills and Sabres in 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis, according to a recent report.

The Toronto Blue Jays have reached out to the ownership group of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons about playing their home games at Sahlen Field in downtown Buffalo, the Buffalo News reported.

The talks were initiated as the Blue Jays scrambled to find a fallback home ballpark owing to travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, the report said.

The team would have to quarantine for 14 days every time it returned from a road trip to the US in accordance with measures imposed by the Canadian government, a scenario that would make it nearly impossible for the Jays to play a normal schedule.

In contrast, the NBA and NHL will resume their seasons in so-called bubbles or biospheres, where players are expected to remain inside for the duration of play.

The Blue Jays have maintained they are planning on playing in their home ballpark, Rogers Centre, and have said their official backup plan is TD Ballpark, their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida. But with coronavirus cases surging in Florida, that appears unlikely.

Sahlen Field normally has a capacity of around 17,000 fans, though that would not be an issue for MLB games in 2020, with no spectators permitted inside. Of greater concern could be the outdated lighting, as well as the relatively smaller clubhouses, trainers facilities and batting cages, according to the Buffalo News.

The Bisons' season was cancelled along with the rest of the Triple-A International League in late June.