Buffalo baseball fans can soon get vaccinated while attending a Blue Jays game this summer.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be offered for free at Blue Jays games in Sahlen Field this season.
The Blue Jays are relocating their home stadium from Dunedin, Florida back to Buffalo, New York starting in June, and fans will be able to attend Major League Baseball games in Buffalo for the first time in over 100 years.
Anyone who attends a game at Sahlen and is vaccinated will get a free ticket to a AAA Buffalo Bisons game next season and "a chance to win great Blue Jays prizes," Cuomo's tweet read.
The announcement comes just a day after the Blue Jays announced expanded seating in Buffalo with vaccinated sections allowing for normally distanced seating. Cuomo tweeted Wednesday that half of Sahlen Field would be designed for normal vaccinated seating, and half would be saved for socially-distanced seating for those unvaccinated.
Sportsnet's Ben Wagner estimated that 6,000-8,000 fans will be permitted to attend Blue Jays games in Buffalo based on the new seating breakdown.
Toronto's first Buffalo home game of 2021 will come against the Miami Marlins on June 1. The Blue Jays posted a 17-9 home record in 2020, playing much of the season out of Sahlen, and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2016.