Ticket sales for first eight Blue Jays “home” games delayed by one week

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Tickets for Toronto Blue Jays games at Sahlen Field will go on sale a little later than expected.

Originally, tickets for the first eight “home” games were set to go on sale this Thursday, May 13. But on Tuesday morning, the team announced that the public sale would instead begin a week later — May 20 at 10 a.m.

The new pre-sale date for Bisons season ticket holders is Tuesday, May 18. Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Thursday, May 20.

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“Following New York State’s announcement last week updating protocols for large-scale outdoor event venues, the Toronto Blue Jays and Buffalo Bisons are working with local officials including the state’s Department of Health, to safely increase capacity by introducing fully vaccinated seating sections at Sahlen Field, in line with the latest guidelines.”

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The Blue Jays had initially planned to open Sahlen Field up at 24% capacity. That was before Governor Andrew Cuomo announced starting May 19th, teams could separate vaccinated people from un-vaccinated people in large outdoor venues. The vaccinated sections could have full capacity, under the state’s plan.

The State Department of Health also released a statement Tuesday, saying it “continues to work closely with the Blue Jays and Sahlen Field to ensure that the return of fans in the stands aligns with the State’s guidance for sports competitions with spectators.”

The City of Buffalo owns Sahlen Field. Mayor Byron Brown suggested he’d like to see capacity more than double under the new plan.

“I know that we were initially looking at somewhere between 3,100 and 4,000 people,” Brown said. “The number will increase now from that with the sections for people who are vaccinated. I think that’s great news. I’d love to see as many as 10,000 people in the stadium if possible.”

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Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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