Roy (Doc) Halladay’s return to the Rogers Centre will be met by a wall of armed police, thousands of protesters and a couple of world players named Obama and Putin.
Although no formal announcement has been made, city staff have been told the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will host the G20 summit June 26 and 27. Right next door, at the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays will be hosting their former ace pitcher, who now dons a Philadelphia Phillies uniform.
The overlap has Jays officials concerned the summit could disrupt the season’s most anticipated series.
A summit at the Convention Centre means Front Street and surrounding thoroughfares will be closed to most traffic, security experts say, and guards will be limiting access to the area.
This means fans — almost 50,000 if it’s a sellout — could have a hard time even reaching the ballpark.
The team might consider changing the start times if it means less hassle, but rescheduling the series would be a logistical nightmare, said Howie Starkman, the Jays’ vice-president of special projects.
“It would have been different if we knew (about the summit) 12 months ago,” he said.
“We’ll just have to wait and see.”
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