|Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s American League (AL). |
The "Blue Jays" name originates from the bird of the same name. They are nicknamed "the Jays", which is featured on the team's logo and on the front of the home uniform.
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An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Toronto, in 1977. Originally based at Exhibition Stadium, the team began playing its home games at the SkyDome, upon completion of its construction in 1989. Since 2000, the Blue Jays have been owned by Rogers Communications, and in 2004, the SkyDome was purchased by that company, which renamed the venue to Rogers Centre. They are the only team outside the United States to win a World Series, the first team to win a World Series in Canada, the first team from Canada to appear in the World Series, and the fastest American League expansion franchise to win a World Series (winning in their 16th year, beating the Kansas City Royals' record by one year). With the fellow Canadian franchise Montreal Expos relocating to Washington, D.C. after the 2004 season, and becoming the Washington Nationals, the Blue Jays are currently the only MLB team outside the United States. The Blue Jays are also one of three MLB teams under corporate ownership, with the other two being the Seattle Mariners (Nintendo of America) and the Atlanta Braves (Liberty Media).
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|Toronto Blue Jays Florida Spring Training DUNEDIN STADIUM |
|Capacity ||5.491 |
|Year Opened ||1990 |
|Dimensions ||335L, 380LC, 400C, 363RC, 325R |
|Surface ||Grass |
|Local Airport ||Tampa |
| Tickets on Sale || To be announced. |
|Address ||373 Douglas Av., Dunedin. |
| Directions ||Take Hwy. 19 north from St. Petersburg, take Sunset Point Road (Route 588) west for two miles, and then head north on Douglas Avenue for a half mile. |
Considering the Toronto Blue Jays have now been around for 25 years, it's fairly remarkable that the team has had only one spring-training site in team history: Grant Park in Dunedin. The Blue Jays began life on March 11, 1977, when the team beat the New York Mets 3-1. At that time the Blue Jays played in 3,417-seat Grant Field, which was one of the oldest stadiums used in the Grapefruit League, dating back to 1930. It was named for a former mayor of Dunedin, who had donated the land for the stadium.
However, Grant Park didn't keep up with the many new spring-training facilities that were popping up in Florida in the 1980s, and by 1989 the Blue Jays were working on a plan to replace Grant Field with a new stadium and spring-training facility. As a result, the city of Dunedin invested $2.4 million into a new stadium at the site of the old stadium, and Dunedin Stadium became the new spring-training home of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990. It was renamed Knology Park in 2004 in a naming-rights deal, and then reverted to the Dunedin Stadium name in 2009.
| Tributes to Blue Jays stars located behind the grandstand. |
There's a little bit of Canada down on the Florida coast: both the Canadian and American national anthems are sung before the game, and Labatt Blue is on tap.
In 2002 Dunedin spent $12 million on a new spring-training complex for the Blue Jays, which include new training facilities, offices, new hitting cages, and five full fields at the Cecil P. Englebert Recreational Complex. As a result, the Blue Jays signed a 15-year lease to stay in Dunedin, as well as committing the Dunedin Blue Jays (Class A; Florida State League) to the ballpark as well.
The seating area is bisected by a walkway. Box seats are on the field side of the walkway, while bleachers are on the other side.
Spring Training History
The Toronto Blue Jays have been training at this site since 1977, first at Grant Field and then at Dunedin Stadium.