TD Ballpark

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TD Ballpark
Location Dunedin, Florida United States
28.003771; -82.786048
Tenants
Dunedin Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays (spring training and 2021)
Capacity
8,500

TD Ballpark in Dunedin, FL, is the home of the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Toronto Blue Jays' Florida State League farm team, and of Jays spring training games. The Blue Jays Player Development Complex is four miles away - not logistically ideal, but the Jays have never done spring anywhere else.

As Grant Field, the site hosted community baseball starting in 1930. The 1977 expansion Jays improved it enough to host spring training, then in 1990 built Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field. Two expired naming contracts later, it reverted to Dunedin Stadium - sans Grant Field - in 2018.

Dunedin, Pinellas County, Florida, and the Jays renovated both sites in 2019 for a 25-year lease renewal. What some say is a new park has more than 50 percent more capacity and a 360-degree concourse. Unavailable between spring training 2019 and 2020, it was finished on schedule but the Coronavirus pandemic wiped out half the 2020 spring and entire D-Jays' slates, displacing them again in 2021 by keeping the big Jays there through May.

The Blue Jays had played the 2020 season - which had no minor league games - at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY, the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. In 2021, to limit movement, they decided to start play in Dunedin - a short-term move in the face of weather patterns. In June, after winter in Buffalo but before Florida summer heat, they returned to Buffalo where they stayed until the end of July.

A naming rights deal with Knology, a Southeastern communications and entertainment company, changed its name to Knology Park from 2004 through 2008. In 2010, a new sponsorship deal was signed and the name was became Florida Auto Exchange Stadium through 2018.

An extensive 2019 renovation sent the Class-A D-Jays to play in Jack Russell Stadium in nearby Clearwater, FL for the season. When their regular home reopened for spring training in 2020, it had acquired yet another new name, TD Ballpark, under a contract with a Canada-based bank.


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