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• Feb 25, 2020

TD Bank's footprint grows in Sunshine State

There's sure to be a lot of "root, root, root-ing for the home team," as the newly-renovated TD Ballpark opened to baseball fans on Monday.

The home for Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training games celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting, a ceremonial first pitch, and special guest attendees from local community organizations including the YMCA of the Suncoast, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco, United Way Suncoast, Little League and the American Cancer Society.

Those in attendance to celebrate the big day included Mark Shapiro, the President of the Blue Jays, Julie Ward Bujalski, Mayor of Dunedin,

Tyrrell Schmidt, VP, TD Global Brand and Customer Experience Officer,

and Nick Miceli, Regional President – Metro Florida for TD Bank.

“Our team’s rich history in Dunedin and the current renovation project is a point of immense pride for the Blue Jays, and we are extremely pleased to partner with TD to invest in the future of our ballpark in Florida,” said Mark Shapiro, President & CEO, Toronto Blue Jays. “Both the Blue Jays and TD share a deep passion for connecting with the community and together we look forward to making an imprint on baseball fans across North America.”

Regular season games for the Jays are played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Renovations on TD Ballpark began early last year with the goal of making games that much more exciting for fans. Some new features include a brand-new Jays Shop, renovated suites, family-friendly activities, an enhanced videoboard and speaker system, and refreshed concession stands and restrooms.

This past November, the Toronto Blue Jays announced the renaming of the newly-renovated stadium to TD Ballpark, building on a five-year sponsorship renewal between the Blue Jays and TD established in early 2019.

Beyond the Blue Jays collaboration, TD has expanded the number of retail stores across Central Florida, including new store openings in nearby Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. And like any community where TD puts down roots, the Bank is passionate about giving back and making it a better place for residents, as evident by the nearly 500 special community guests and partners invited to attend Monday's game.

"We focus on supporting every aspect of the community to ensure we're making the biggest impact possible, including providing banking advice to individuals and community partners and providing financial resources and capital to help local businesses grow," Miceli said. "Most of all, we pride ourselves on showing up – for fundraisers, volunteer events, and community gatherings. I am thrilled about the opportunity to deepen our engagement with the Tampa Bay community in partnership with the Blue Jays.”

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