For more than 40 years, Major League Baseball has had a home in Dunedin. Chosen as the Spring Training home for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977, Dunedin has served as a proud host of Major League Spring Training ever since. Over four decades later, the Blue Jays are the only Major League franchise to have never changed where they play their Spring Training baseball.
In early 2019, construction began on a newly renovated stadium that will continue to be home to the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training and the Dunedin Blue Jays under a new 25-year lease agreement between the Blue Jays, the City of Dunedin, Pinellas County and the state of Florida. The new ballpark is slated to open for the 2020 Spring Training season.
Be sure to check back here throughout the year to follow along
with us as we watch the new stadium be built!
Key changes being made to the stadium:
• Capacity will increase from 5,500 to 8,500.
• Renovating bathrooms, concessions and suites.
• New Jays Shop, Jr. Jays Zone, and BBQ Tent.
• Adding 360 boardwalk around outfield.
• Adding air-conditioned bar along 3B line
and an outdoor bar in RF.
• Adding special groups areas.
Video time frame: May 1st to June 5th.
Above images are renderings of stadium as of December 2018 and are subject to change.
Player Development Complex Updates
Video time frame: May 1st to May 29th.
The new Blue Jays Player Development Complex will include 3 new full fields, making 6 total (1 being synthetic turf). There will also be 5-bay and 7-bay batting cages, two 10-pack gang mounds and a new half field added to the complex. The Clubhouse/Administration building will be a total of 110,000 sq. ft. More amenities include:
• 10,000 sq. ft. weight room.
• 8 locker rooms, 2 dining rooms, and 2 training rooms.
• 3 Sports Labs, 2 Fuel Bars, Movement Studio and Barber.
• Variable depth pool, plunge pools and sauna.
• Classroom, Large Conference Rooms,
several huddle rooms & call rooms.
• All administration offices and staff collaboration spaces.
In the News
Sportsnet - Shi Davidi - May 29, 2019
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The demolition work at Dunedin Stadium is mostly complete and some of the foundational work is underway in the refurbishment of the Toronto Blue Jays' spring ballpark.
TBN Weekly - Mark Schantz - April 26, 2019
City officials from past and present, county commissioners, supporters from the city of Clearwater, fans and members of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball organization all came together the morning of April 23 to celebrate a six-year effort that culminated in an agreement to keep the team's spring training tradition in the city another 25 years. The ceremony was held at Dunedin Stadium on Douglas Avenue.
Sportsnet - Arden Zwelling - December 19, 2018
TORONTO - When he's talking about the $80-million renovation of his team's Dunedin, Fla., facilities that will begin next month, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro likes to relate the impact he believes it will have to a classroom.