Thursday is the big day for the millions of Toronto Blue Jays fans anxiously awaiting the team’s return to Rogers Centre next week.
Only 15,000 fans will be allowed inside the stadium when the Jays make their return after nearly two years spent south of the border.
The highly-coveted tickets for the first 10 home games from July 30 to Aug. 8 are up for grabs starting at 10 a.m.
Toronto is scheduled to start a three-game home series against the Kansas City Royals on July 30, followed by a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians starting Aug. 2, and then three straight against the rival Boston Red Sox that begins on Aug. 6.
The following health protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all fans attending the games:
- Masks or face coverings are required at all times for fans two years of age and older, except when actively eating or drinking in ticketed seats or designated areas
- Only mobile ticketing is available. The person who buys the tickets for a group needs to transfer individual tickets to each guest for gate entry and contact tracing (except for minors and those requiring accessibility support)
- There will be COVID-19 symptom screening prior to entry
- Only cashless payment is available throughout the ballpark, with new reverse ATMs available
- Physical distancing markers have been placed at the gates, on the concourse, in the Jays Shop and other social spaces around the ballpark
- The concession stands menus have been modified with pre-packaged items to avoid crowding and reduce touchpoints.
- Increased cleaning and sanitization will be carried out, with hand sanitizer stations readily available throughout the ballpark
Two-thirds of bowl tickets sold during the initial homestand will be standard traditional seating, while one-third will be physically distanced pods of up to four seats.
Only the 100 and 200 level seats will be open for bowl seating. TD Executive Suites, TD Clubhouse and the Ticketmaster Lounge will also be open at limited capacity.
The team also announced that 250 frontline workers will be hosted in a complimentary seating section for each of the 10 games
Season ticket holders for 2021 and 2022 were given access to tickets earlier this week.
Tickets for future homestands will be announced later, the team said in a release, “to ensure the latest health and safety protocols are in place.”
The Blue Jays received a National Interest Exemption from the federal government last week which allowed them to start playing games in Canada again.
The exemption, confirmed by the federal immigration minister’s office, will allow players to cross the border without being subject to Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The team played its home games during the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo and started this season in Dunedin, Fla., before returning to Buffalo.
The Jays played their final game at Sahlen Field in Buffalo on Wednesday night, losing to the Red Sox, and enter Thursday fourth in the American League East standings with a 48-44 record, and five games out of an American League wild-card spot.