Jays will play home opener before sellout crowd at Rogers Centre
Published Friday, February 15, 2013 12:16PM EST
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays will open the 2013 season before a Rogers Centre sellout.
Single-game tickets for Toronto's April 2 home opener against the Cleveland Indians sold out in less than an hour Friday.
"That's great," Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan said at spring training in Dunedin, Fla. "I'd like to see the attendance get back up to the way it used to be. Hopefully this team will be the team that gets it back like that."
The Jays are generating plenty of buzz in Toronto after bringing in several star players during the off-season.
"I know there's a lot of excitement going on in Toronto since the trades and everything," said Toronto pitcher Brandon Morrow. "Optimism is at an all-time high and rightly so. (GM Alex Anthopoulos) has put together a great squad and it's our job to come together and play as a team."
Toronto will begin the 2013 campaign by playing its first six games at Rogers Centre.
After completing a three-game series with Cleveland, the Jays will host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series.
There are still tickets left for the remaining Cleveland games and the Boston series.
"I think it's great that they sold out opening day," said Morrow. "I'd like them to sell out the next date after that too."
The Blue Jays will then visit the Detroit Tigers for three games, starting April 9, before starting a three-game series in Kansas City on April 12.