Dunedin Blue Jays TD Ballpark Renovation
The Lunz Group worked with Global Design Firm Populous to complete the renovation of the Dunedin Blue Jays Stadium for their 2020 Spring Training Season, bringing the facility in-line with modern expectations for fan and player amenities.
The Toronto Blue Jays have held their spring training at their current stadium in Dunedin since 1990, and they have established a large fan base in Central Florida. With their long-standing relationship with the MLB, the TD Ballpark was long overdue for upgrades and renovation.
Upgrades increased stadium seating from 5,500 to 8,500 and included the addition of a 360 boardwalk around the outfield to provided spectators with an impressive vantage point. Renovations included the addition of an air-conditioned bar, special group suites for VIP seating, new concessions areas and a Jays Shop for sporting event attendees to purchase apparel and memorabilia.
Our firm served as the Interior Design Consultant for Populous and worked with The Blue Jays on the Stadium’s Green Globes Certification process. The Lunz team focused on the overall use of space, selection of furnishings and human interaction within each space. The project involved communication and collaboration with numerous partners and consultants, including the City of Dunedin, MEP and Civil engineers, the General Contractor and The Blue Jays’ internal team including their Toronto staff.
Throughout the design phase, there were several budget reviews to keep costs in-line, and the Lunz team carefully selected materials and finishes to stay within the budget while remaining within The Blue Jays branding guidelines and expectations. The Stadium renovations were completed on Feb. 15, 2020 in time for The Blue Jays first Spring Training game, where the team saw their highest turn-out in history.
The Lunz Group is currently working as Interior Design Consultant for The Blue Jays Player Development Complex (PDC). Renovations to the PDC include three new full-sized training fields (making for six fields total), new batting cages, a 10,000 SF weight room, variable depth pool, plunge pools and sauna. The renovated PDC will also include a new clubhouse/administration building totaling 110,000 SF with administrative offices, classrooms, conference rooms and collaboration spaces. The PDC is expected to be completed in August of 2020.