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Toronto Blue Jays expect further attendance drop in 2019

The Toronto Blue Jays, who are in the middle of a rebuilding process on the field, are expecting a further drop in attendance next year.

The MLB team’s attendance at Rogers Centre declined for the third straight year last season as the club stumbled to a 73-89 record.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s down a little bit,” said Blue Jays president and chief executive Mark Shapiro. “But I don’t expect it to be down dramatically. I still think you’ll find us somewhere in the middle (in attendance). And for us to say that in our down years is nothing for us to be embarrassed of.”

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, will break ground next month on an $80m (€70m) renovation of their spring-training home in Dunedin, Florida.

“I really believe that we’ll have the single-best training centre the day our facility’s done,” Shapiro said. “It’s meant to be a competitive advantage. It’s meant to lead to wins.”

Read this: Local initiatives offer solutions to MLB’s national attendance problem

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