John Tory is "optimistic" about Blue Jays home games later this summer.
Step two of Ontario's reopening plan is about to give sports fans a whole lot more to cheer about.
Starting on June 30, outdoor sporting events will be allowed to have spectators in the stands at 25% capacity. Fans can head to the races at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park starting on Canada Day, announced Jim Lawson, the CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, on Twitter.
"We are working through the governmental reservation requirement and protocols for spectators today and will likely have a communication out in the next day or so," tweeted Lawson on Thursday.
The CFL has already announced plans for its 2021 season, which will begin on August 5. Football fans can expect a regular 14-game season, and the Grey Cup final will be hosted in Hamilton this year.
"The public health officials in every province keep telling us that as long as the vaccination rate keeps climbing, and the number of cases of COVID-19 is contained or goes down, the more life will get back to normal, including full capacities in our stadiums," said the CFL's statement.
Blue Jays home games could make a comeback
While there has been no official word on whether or not the Toronto Blue Jays will come home to fans at the Rogers Centre this summer, Mayor John Tory hinted that it's not off the table.
"I am an optimist about that and I think if you take the broader definition of summer, which I believe goes through until the 21st of September, that the answer will be yes," the mayor said to CP24 about the Jays returning home later this season.
"We will keep our fingers crossed. I'll certainly be advocating for that if the Jays want to come back here for the latter part of the season," he added.
As for Toronto FC home games, fans will still have to hang tight. There's been no word from the league about coming back to the city as of yet.
"We've said all along we miss our fans. We feel them from afar, can't wait to see them," said player Patrick Mullins after their most recent game.