The Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday became a major league team without a home. But it may look just across the border for a place to pay.

ALBANY - The Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday became a major league team without a home. But it may look just across the border for a place to pay.

Sahlen Field in Buffalo is one of the options being considered by the Blue Jays to play its 30 home games after Canada’s government Saturday nixed them playing in Toronto, fearing it would not be safe for players to travel back and forth from the U.S. due to coronavirus.

The Buffalo stadium, home to the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate, the Bisons, would need some upgrades in short order, but local leaders were beaming with the prospect of a major league club in town for the first time since in more than a century.

"The 'Buffalo Blue Jays' sound good to me. Let's find a way to make this happen," Erie County Executive Marc Poloncarz wrote on Twitter.

It is uncertain whether Sahlen Field can be brought up to MLB standards in time for the team's' home opener on July 29 against Washington Nationals, the defending champions.

"Buffalo is certainly one we've spent an increasing amount of time in the last few weeks. That is not done," team president/CEO Mark Shapiro told The Buffalo News.

"There are some infrastructure and player facility challenges we'd have to address to get that up to major-league standards."

The team might also consider its spring training facility in Florida or another MLB park, the paper said.

And wherever the Blue Jays land, there would not be any fans, per the safety precautions by the league when the season starts Thursday.

"We have been making plans over the last several days to see what it would take to get our ballpark ready should this scenario arise," Mike Buczkowski, president of Rich Baseball Operations, which runs the Bisons, told The Buffalo News.

"But we have no definite 'yes' that the games will be played here at this time."

In a statement, Shapiro said the Blue Jays are in "the process of finalizing the best home location for the remainder of the 2020 season and will share an update as soon as it is available."

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Saturday the federal government had denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

That quickly fueled hope that Buffalo, about 100 miles from the Blue Jays home, could be in the running. The Bisons have been the Blue Jays affilate since 2013.

"As Mayor of Buffalo, I would love to see the @BlueJays play at Sahlen Field," Mayor Bryon Brown wrote on Twitter.

Joseph Spector is the New York state editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JSPECTOR@Gannett.com or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany