In a release honoring the Florida cities, including Dunedin, that host Major League Baseball spring training sites, Florida Gov. Rick Scott emphasized the economic impact baseball has on the Sunshine State.
Locally, that's the Toronto Blue Jays, which call Dunedin home each spring.
In 2009, a study conducted by Bonn Marketing Research Group of Tallahassee concluded that spring training baseball brought an influx of some $753 million into the Florida economy.
“Florida’s great weather and sporting events like spring training continue to draw people to our state,” Scott said, “We are grateful to all of the visitors and businesses that made Spring Training a success and look forward to another exciting season of baseball.”
The Blue Jays drew 76,008 fans through 16 games at Florida Auto Exchange Ballpark, for an average of 4,751 fans per game. The largest attendance came on Friday, March 16 when the Blue Jays hosted the Tampa Bay Rays.