Blue Jays proud to return to Montreal for exhibitions

Two-game set vs. Pirates will mark Toronto's fourth straight year visiting city

Blue Jays proud to return to Montreal for exhibitions

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will continue their recent tradition of playing preseason baseball in Montreal when they take part in a pair of games against the Pirates in 2017.

Toronto announced on Wednesday that it will face Pittsburgh at Olympic Stadium on Friday, March 31, at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, April 1, at 1:05 p.m. to wrap up exhibition play.

"We are looking forward to another successful visit to Montreal," Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement. "The great enthusiasm and electric atmosphere at Olympic Stadium over the last three years has shown the true love and strong passion that the fans of Quebec have for Major League Baseball."

Keri on baseball in Montreal

The two-game exhibition set has become an annual event in Montreal over the past three seasons. Toronto played two against the Mets in 2014 and the Reds in '15, then drew a record-breaking crowd of more than 106,000 fans at the "Big O" in April against the Red Sox.

"Today, baseball is enjoying a sense of renewal in Quebec," Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said. "Aware of this popularity and eager to support it, the City of Montreal has committed itself to encourage and promote the sport of baseball all over its territory by adopting the Politique du baseball."

Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 1 at noon ET.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.