The history of Major League Baseball (MLB) in Dunedin began in 1977 when the expansion team, the Toronto Blue Jays, flew south for their very first Grapefruit League season. Dunedin has been the site for every Blue Jays Spring Training season, making Toronto the only major league franchise to have never changed Spring Training cities. While the ballpark has been known by many names, including Dunedin Stadium and Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, the official name of the field remains Grant Field. The stadium has a current capacity of 5,509 individual seats and features include a press box level with air-conditioned rooms, a scoreboard with electronic message display, regulation-sized Major League playing field and lighting, two half-fields (both with artificial turf), batting tunnels and full concession capabilities.
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The unique atmosphere in Dunedin, intimate feel of the stadium, and large contingent of Canadians that attend games, have made it one of the "Top 5 Places to Watch a Spring Training Game" according to Sports Illustrated. However, compared to spring training facilities around the State of Florida and Arizona, the facilities are sorely lacking in premium spaces, fan amenities, and player development upgrades. The City's discussions with the Blue Jays have been preliminary and largely "big picture" to this point with discussions focusing on size, space, location, funding and scope of any additional facility construction and renovation that the Blue Jays believe are needed to continue to make Dunedin their spring training home. The current use License Agreement expires on December 31, 2017 and includes two, five-year options at the team's discretion.
Since September 2014, City staff has been in discussions with the Toronto Blue Jays under a confidentiality agreement. A City Commission Workshop on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 6-9:00 pm at City Hall, was the first time in two years that discussions and negotiations regarding the Toronto Blue Jays were discussed publicly with the City Commission and residents. Representatives from the City of Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays, Populous Architects, Bonn Marketing Research Group and Nielsen Sports were on hand to provide presentations on possible stadium and training facilities, economic and media impact, traffic, parking and environmental protection, along with projected costs, timelines and funding. An open house for the public was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 5:30-8 pm at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Avenue, where these experts were again on hand with display boards and to answer the public's questions.
View Commission Workshop Presentation
View Conceptual Plans/Display Boards
View Architectural Styles
View Virtual Tour of Proposed Stadium
As negotiations continue, discussions regarding terms and conditions of the license agreement will be worked out. Public and citizen input is also appreciated as we work through our design and development process.
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On December 20, 2016, the Pinellas County TDC 2016-17 Capital Projects Funding Application was submitted by the City of Dunedin. To view the submitted application, please click on the following links:
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Resident Parking Information during Spring Training Season
If you live on a street with "Resident Parking Only by Permit" signs during Spring Training, you can pick up your parking permit at the following location:
2nd Floor: Planning & Development Office
Please be sure to bring proof of residency (photo ID with address)
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