Major League Baseball will return to Montreal and the Olympic Stadium next spring.
Evenko announced Tuesday that the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets will meet in a pair of preseason games at the Big O slated for March 28 and March 29. They will be the first baseball games played at the Big O since the Expos left for Washington following the 2004 MLB season.
“We are excited to bring the Blue Jays to Montreal and to give the fans a taste of Major League Baseball again. This will be a very meaningful experience knowing the strength and passion of baseball fans in Quebec. We hope that these games will rekindle their interest in the Blue Jays and Major League Baseball,” Paul Beeston, the Blue Jays’ president and CEO said in a statement.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos was born in Montreal and used to work for the Expos.
“Being from Montreal personally, this is going to be a great thrill,” he said in a statement. “I started my career with the Expos and spent many a game at Olympic Stadium. It will be exciting to see the Big O come to life again with Major League Baseball.
Tickets for the games will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at evenko.ca.