The Toronto Blue Jays have held Spring Training at Knology Park in the Dunedin Stadium Complex in Dunedin, Florida, since 1977. Located at 311 Douglas Avenue, the ballpark was built in 1930 and renovated in 1989. It has a seating capacity of 6,106. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida.
Pitchers and catchers for the Toronto Blue Jays report to Spring Training in mid-February, a few days earlier than position players. Practices in February are held at the Cecil B. Englebert Complex, located at 1700 Solon Avenue in Dunedin. In March, practices are held at Grant Field, located at 311 Douglas Avenue in Dunedin. Minor Leaguers practice at the Englebert Complex.
The Ticket Office at Dunedin Stadium is open from nine a.m. to five p.m., Monday through Saturday. You may also call 800-707-8269 to purchase tickets by phone. You may send mail orders to: Blue Jays Spring Training Tickets, P.O. Box 957, Dunedin, Florida, 34697. Fax orders are accepted at 727-734-7661.
Tickets are priced as follows: $18 for Lower Club Seats; $15 for Upper Club Seats; and $13 for Upper Outfield Seats. However, at premium-priced games, ticket prices increase to: $24 for Lower Club Seats; $20 for Upper Club Seats; and $17 for Upper Outfield Seats.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ team hotel is the Red Roof Inn, located at 32000 U.S. 19 North in Palm Harbor. There are a number of other lodging opportunities in the Dunedin area, including: the Holiday House Motel on Main Street and the Best Western Yacht Harbor on Marina Plaza, each in Dunedin. On U.S. 19 North in Clearwater, you will find: the Ramada Inn Countryside, the Comfort Inn, and a Howard Johnson. Adam’s Mark Clearwater Beach is located on South Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater Beach.
Local eateries include: Eddie’s Bar and Grill on Bayshore Boulevard in Dunedin; Palm Harbor Ale House on U.S. 19 North; Beef O’Brady’s and Sea Sea Riders, each on Main Street; Iris’ Restaurant on Douglas Avenue; Molly Goodhead’s on Orange Avenue; and Sonny’s Real Pit Bar B-Q on U.S. 19 North in Palm Harbor.
The Toronto Blue Jays kick off their Spring Training Schedule on Thursday, March 1, at home against their division rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are back in town on Tuesday, March 13. The Blue Jays host the American League Champion Detroit Tigers on Saturday, March 17. Joe Torre and the high-priced New York Yankees visit Dunedin on Monday, March 19, and Thursday, March 29.
The Toronto Blue Jays finished last season in second place in the American League East, with a record of 87-75. 2007 should make for an interesting season for the Blue Birds from up north. Enjoy the Toronto Blue Jays’ Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida!