|Chronological Tour: Stop 40
Winter Home of the Blue Jays
Main entrance to what was known in 2011 as Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Aug-2011.
The seating area as seen from down the first-base line.
The view from behind the plate during a sparsely attended Florida State League game.
- Location: Douglas Avenue at Beltrees Street, Dunedin, Fla. (map it using Google Maps)
- Opened: 1930 as Grant Field (1977 for professional baseball; stadium built 1990)
- Additional names: Dunedin Stadium (1990), Knology Park (2004-08), Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (2011)
- Home team: Dunedin Blue Jays, Florida State League (1978-79, 1987-present); spring training, Toronto Blue Jays (1977-present)
- Capacity: 5,509 (2011)
Dunedin Stadium is one of three minor league parks within close proximity to each other on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the others being in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Tampa’s park is also nearby, just across the bay.
In fact, I was actually trying to make a game in Clearwater the night I was in the Tampa Bay area in 1993. However, I missed a turn and wound up here when I followed the light stanchions. I wasn’t disappointed, as the Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Fort Myers Miracle, 14-6.
Distances are given in meters, same as at SkyDome.
In the spring, the field hosts the Toronto Blue Jays training camp; this means ads for Canadian businesses are on the wall here, and also that Canadian beer is served. How can you go wrong?
During spring training 2004, the park wound up with a corporate name, Knology Park. I returned in 2004 to attempt to photograph the park’s interior, but the D-Jays were on the road and I had no access. The park has since acquired a new naming sponsor.
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