Blue Jays fans visiting Toronto’s spring training stadium in Florida will be treated to an upgraded game-watching experience this season.
They’ll also get a lesson in community history, thanks to a hefty renovation at the ballpark that began early last year.
The stadium, now named TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., underwent a massive overhaul that required more than 92,000 person-hours and cost US$100-million combined with the large-scale renovations to Toronto’s training complex across town.
Now that the stadium is done – the training facility won’t be ready until later this summer – the team is hoping hints of Dunedin culture will shine through the 2,300 cubic yards of new concrete used on the project.
“We’re a really small town that has a team and there’s such a history with the Blue Jays in Dunedin,” Shelby Nelson, Toronto’s director of Florida operations, said in an interview. “We’re the only team in the major leagues that has never…