Still exiled from Canada, Blue Jays will return to Buffalo on June 1

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By , WGR 550 SportsRadio

The Toronto Blue Jays are ready to make the trip back north to play the rest of their 2021 home schedule at their home away from home: Sahlen Field.

As first reported by Shi Davidi from Sportsnet, the Blue Jays are returning to Buffalo on June 1 to start their home schedule at the newly renovated Sahlen Field with a five-game homestand against the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros.

With the province of Ontario, Canada still in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Jays will return to Buffalo, where they played part of their 2020 home schedule at Sahlen Field.

So far this season, the Blue Jays have been a .500 team with a 14-14 record, but have fared well at "home," playing at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida with a 7-4 record. Dunedin is the home of the Blue Jays' spring training facility, as well as their Single Low-A affiliate, Dunedin Blue Jays.

The plans this season were to have the Blue Jays play their home games this season in Buffalo, while their Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons will play their 2021 home schedule in Trenton, New Jersey. However, more renovations were needed to be made to Sahlen Field with fans expected to be allowed in the stands this year.

According to Davidi, the new renovations to Sahlen Field includes a new, permanent home clubhouse, bullpens being moved off the field, as well as the installation of new batting cages.

As of May 19, outdoor capacity for stadiums in New York State will increase from 20% to 33% of full capacity, which means at least 5,500 fans would be allowed to attendance games at Sahlen Field.

The Blue Jays announced Wednesday on their website they will host fans at 24% capacity at Sahlen Field, which equates to around 4,000 fans. Tickets for the team's first eight home games against the Marlins (June 1-2), Astros (June 4-6), and New York Yankees (June 15-17) will go on sale Thursday, May 13 at 10 a.m. ET.

Tickets this season are expected to be on sale on a month-to-month basis.

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