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Business Observer Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 1 year ago

Revamped ballpark, with bank as naming rights sponsor, opens for spring training

TD Ballpark welcomes the Toronto Blue Jays and their fans to Dunedin.

DUNEDIN — Following extensive renovations that began last year, the Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training home in Dunedin has been renamed TD Ballpark.

TD Bank and Blue Jays officials opened the revamped facility Feb. 24 when the Major League Baseball team’s 2020 spring schedule kicked off with a game against the Atlanta Braves.

“Our team’s rich history in Dunedin and the current renovation project is a point of immense pride for the Blue Jays, and we are extremely pleased to partner with TD to invest in the future of our ballpark in Florida,” states Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of the Blue Jays, in a press release. “Both the Blue Jays and TD share a deep passion for connecting with the community and together we look forward to making an imprint on baseball fans across North America.”

According to the release, some of TD Ballpark’s fan-friendly upgrades include a new gift shop with a wider selection of team apparel, renovated suites, an air-conditioned bar, a family area, a 360-degree boardwalk linking each side of the ballpark, an enhanced video board and speaker system and refreshed concession stands and restrooms.

“TD has been a part of the fabric of the greater Tampa Bay community for years, and our commitment to this community extends beyond our store locations, products and services, or even the dollars we give," states Nick Miceli, TD Bank’s metro Florida regional president, in the release.

He adds, "We focus on supporting every aspect of the community to ensure we're making the biggest impact possible, including providing banking advice to individuals and community partners and providing financial resources and capital to help local businesses grow. Most of all, we pride ourselves on showing up — for fundraisers, volunteer events and community gatherings. I am thrilled about the opportunity to deepen our engagement with the Tampa Bay community in partnership with the Blue Jays.”

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