Blue Jays set to host 15,000 fans in exchange for Toronto


Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says 15,000 fans will be allowed in the stands when the team returns to Toronto later this month.

Ottawa on Friday approved the Jays’ bid to return to Canada, granting the club a national interest travel waiver that would allow it to host games at the Rogers Center starting July 30.

Shaprio says the team is still mastering the details of the tickets, but has received approval for games to hold 15,000 people, which is about 30 percent of the stadium’s 49,286-person capacity.

He says fans and players alike will notice the renovations made to the Rogers Center, including new turf, a new sound system, new batting cages and cosmetic changes to the 100-level concourse.

Shapiro says it has been 670 days since the Blue Jays last played a “true home game” and the last two years have been difficult for the team.

The Jays played last season’s 60-game condensed schedule out of Buffalo, NY, and began this year’s campaign in Dunedin, Fla., before relocating to Buffalo.

look | Blue Jays get government nod to return to Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they would resume playing home games at Rogers Center on July 30. 4:26



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