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Blue Jays getting closer to increased capacity at Rogers Centre

The Blue Jays said that they are "working with provincial health officials on increasing ballpark capacity" at Rogers Centre, and additional tickets "will be sold for the final six home games," according to Laura Armstrong of the TORONTO STAR. If greater capacity is not approved in time, the Blue Jays said that "impacted ticket purchasers will be directly notified of their ticket cancellation and issued a refund via their original method of payment." The club since returning to Toronto has been playing in front of "up to 15,000 fans, under Stage 3 of Ontario's recovery plan." The Blue Jays are "expected to release extra seats in the 100 and 200 levels and open up sections in the 500 level, with tickets there starting at $15." The Rogers Centre is "not expected to return to full capacity, but the extra seats could represent a significant bump in crowd size." Physically-distanced pod seating "will still be available on all three levels." Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is "now required for all fans ages 12 and older" entering the ballpark (TORONTO STAR, 9/23).

LONG GAME: In Toronto, Rob Longley noted the Blue Jays "appear to be following the lead of the Maple Leafs and Raptors, who are selling tickets well beyond the 1,000 limit for indoor events." The Blue Jays have been "lobbying aggressively behind the scenes and said that team officials have been in close contact with the premier's office and the chief medical officer of health on plans to increase capacity safely" (TORONTO SUN, 9/23). The CP's Gregory Strong noted the Blue Jays "did not say how many additional tickets would be made available for their final six home games." A glance at the team's online sales seating chart "appears to show that an estimated 30,000-35,000 tickets could be sold each game" (CP, 9/23).

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