After the Toronto Blue Jays were barred from playing their games in Toronto at the Rogers Centre, the search began for a new home for the team to play in for the 2020 season. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government felt it was not in the best interest of Toronto to allow the Blue Jays to stay at their home field.
Initially, the best option for the team seemed to be using their Triple-A Buffalo Bisons stadium at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York. Instead, the Blue Jays were able to work something out with the Pittsburgh Pirates to play in PNC Park.
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) July 20, 2020
This new news has left fans to react, with some re-labeling Toronto Blue Jays logo’s as the “Pittsburgh” Blue Jays or adding Pittsburgh Steelers logo components into the Blue Jays logo where the Canadian Maple Leaf is. This is quite an interesting time across the country and world for that matter, but there is still some fun being had in a situation that is quite unexpected.
The Pirates and Blue Jays will be both using PNC Park, providing that the state of Pennsylvania gives it the final stamp of approval. There are minimal scheduling conflicts, as Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentioned, they are later in the year.
Of the Blue Jays’ 30 home dates in 2020, only seven conflict with Pirates games. Six of those come on Sept. 8 or later.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) July 20, 2020
The league will have time to get things under control and come up with a solution for the matter by that point in time. Given the Blue Jays crop of young stars, they are looking to get back into competition in the American League East division, what better way than to get off to a hot start in a short 60-game sprint that is the 2020 season.