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Toronto Blue Jays announce the team will return to Toronto July 30th

Blue Jays
Posted at 6:42 PM, Jul 16, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Toronto Blue Jays are heading back to Toronto in time for their series with the Kansas City Royals beginning July 30th.

The team says it was granted a National Interest Exemption by the Canadian government that allows Major League Baseball games to be played at Rogers Centre, "with robust health and safety protocols in place."

In a tweet posted on Friday evening, the team shared a nearly-three minute video that looked back on their journey south of the border to their temporary home at Sahlen Field. The video shares anecdotes from players about how much they appreciated Buffalo's hospitality and how much they have missed Rogers Centre in Toronto.

"The Blue Jays are also deeply grateful to Bob and Mindy Rich and the Buffalo Bisons organization; the City of Buffalo, Erie County and New York State officials; and Buffalo-area fans for their support in making Sahlen Field feel like a true home crowd," the club said in an official statement.

The Blue Jays had submitted a proposal to the Canadian government to approve "modified" quarantine rules. The team had already been approved to play in both the City of Toronto and the province of Ontario by provincial and municipal governments.