Renovated Blue Jays spring-training ballpark includes nods to Florida town’s history


Construction workers walk past the main entrance to the TD Ballpark, the Dunedin, Fla., home of Toronto Blue Jays, on Feb. 16, 2020.

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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.

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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…

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