Earlier this year, there was some speculation whether the Blue Jays were thinking about making some start time changes to their 2018 schedule. Namely, moving the typical 1:07pm first pitch time for Saturday home games to 4:07pm or possibly even 7:07pm.
After taking some feedback from their fans (in the form of ticket holder surveys), the Blue Jays heard loud and clear. Yes, the club is bringing back 4:00pm Saturday home games in a big way.
The Jays released their 2018 schedule today which features 4:07pm start times for nine of their Saturday games next season at the Rogers Centre. A full breakdown of these featured games below.
Blue Jays 4:07PM Saturday Home Games
|May 12||4:07PM||Red Sox|
In total, there are nine 4:07pm start time for Saturday home games (with three weekday 4:07pm games on April 18th, July 25th and September 26th), but there are still four 1:07pm Saturday start times.
This past Saturday, the Blue Jays featured their sole 4:07pm home game of the 2017 campaign and I’d say this shift was met with overwhelming positive response. Saturday’s game was just under three hours and wrapped up around 7:00pm, which leads perfectly into an evening in downtown Toronto.
Update: The Blue Jays address these schedule changes here. The club is moving Jr. Jays Saturdays to Jr. Jays Sundays. Every Sunday home game will remain as the usual 1:07pm start time, plus the club will host three Jr. Jays Weekends.