It’s O-Phil-Cial: G20 Summit trumps Blue Jays/Phillies series

Fans in Toronto hoping of catching a glimpse of Roy Halladay this June will have to wait at least another season to see him return home.

The Toronto Star and the Fan590 are reporting that there will be an official announcement later this afternoon indicating that the series originally scheduled to take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto will shift to Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.

It sounds like there would have been too much security around the perimeter of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which could have not only halted traffic, but Go Trains as well. Even if the series stayed in Toronto, it would have been a clusterf*ck to get to the Rogers Centre.


An ordinary 30 minute commute to the Dome would have probably taken double the time, and would possibly involve security checkpoints, pat downs, etc. And that’s even BEFORE you get to the Rogers Centre.

It’s disappointing that this series has been moved to another city, but I feel bad for the season ticket holders who now only have access to 78 home games instead of 81. Does that mean they get free tickets to the series in Philadelphia? It makes sense, right … since Toronto will technically be the “home” team in that series.

And what about the folks who have already purchased tickets for that weekend? It’s unfair to pull the rug from underneath them like that, and I hope the Blue Jays have some way of compensating them.

In the meantime, I’m sure the wheels are in motion for a road trip to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a wedding to go to that weekend, I’d be all over it.

Or to make this easier for everyone, any chance that Stephen Harper and Barack Obama can get together convince the rest of the world leaders to reschedule the G20 Summit? They’re the President and Prime Minister – if any one has pull, it’s them!

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

6 thoughts on “It’s O-Phil-Cial: G20 Summit trumps Blue Jays/Phillies series

  • May 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    this is horrible news. seriously. ill deal with the pat downs, i just wanna goto the game. i my not make it out to another game this season now, soo disappointed.

    seriously, did no one see this coming when they did the schedule up? or is the G20 planned 2 weeks ago!

  • May 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    It sounds like the G20 Summit was planned after the MLB had released their schedule. I'm sure they tried to figure it out from every angle because the schedule came out last year.

  • May 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This is such a huge negative for the Jays who are having a tough enough time filling seats…

  • May 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Mattt, this couldn't have come at a worse time – it seems like that's all I've heard about this afternoon, and they've been talking about it on the Fan590 for about the last 3 hours straight.

  • May 12, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Say goodbye to what might be the only home game this season that has the potential of drawing non-fans or casual fans to the ballpark.

  • May 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Robbie, it sucks … but what can you do? I guess that means hopefully more fans will make it out to the Yankees series in June and the Red Sox series in July.

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