Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is also expected to speak with the media on the subject today.
At his daily briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on the topic Friday morning.
The highlight of the schedule in Buffalo will be seven games against the New York Yankees, all in September. There will be a three-game series from Sept. 7-9 and a four-gamer Sept. 21-24. The New York Mets will be here Sept. 11-13, and the Boston Red Sox will visit Buffalo Aug. 25-27.
Other games will be against Miami (Aug. 11-12), Tampa Bay (Aug. 14-16), Baltimore (Aug. 28-31 and Sept. 25-27). Philadelphia would be here Sept. 18-20 if the games next weekend are not played in Buffalo.
Sahlen Field, opened in 1988, will need upgrades in several areas such as stadium lighting and clubhouses to meet MLB standards.
“The Bisons have been working diligently for weeks to make Sahlen Field a viable option,” Brown said. “Now that this decison has been made, they’ll work with the Toronto Blue Jays at breakneck speed to have the stadium ready for Major League Baseball as quickly as possible.”
Strict health protocols are in place at all MLB games this season and local officials are confident that will keep players, staff and the community safe when the Blue Jays and opponents are in town.