BLUE JAYS NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY HOME GAMES IN PITTSBURGH
Jul 22, 2020
By Bob Komsic
First Ottawa said sorry, now the state of Pennsylvania won’t allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
On the eve of their opening regular season game in Tampa, the Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania, Dr. Rachel Levine, said the team won’t be allowed to play in Pittsburgh because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in southwestern part of the state and the risk this would pose.
”To add travellers to this region for any reason, including for professional sports events, risks residents, visitors and members of both teams,” explained Dr. Levine.
The federal government had recently denied the Jays request to play in Toronto as they would have crossed the border into the U.S. where cases are surging.
Jays General Manager Ross Atkins has said the team has several contingency plans for a home stadium and was in talks with other teams but did not name them.