Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeston said the team made a sensible choice in moving a highly anticipated three-game series with the Phillies to Philadelphia despite the club’s anticipation of a season-high attendance of 90,000-plus fans had the series remained in Toronto.
The decision to move the series, which was to be highlighted by a tribute to Roy Halladay in his first visit back to Toronto since joining the Phillies in January, was arrived at yesterday after several months of discussions over security concerns with the G20 summit.
The summit is being staged at the Metro Convention Centre — adjacent to the Rogers Centre where the Blue Jays play — and posed several security barriers to fans, some that summit officials are not yet prepared to release.
Beeston said the Jays are offering full refunds to fans who purchased tickets to the Philly series, with the bonus of a fan’s choice for an additional game.
Beeston, meanwhile, said the two teams have worked out an agreement to share gate and all other revenues from the series, although the Phillies will first cover their operating costs.