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Police say avoid driving downtown near Rogers Centre as Jays host Yankees

Drivers can expect serious delays and road closures as the sold-out game is expected to draw 50,000 people.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada delivers a pitch during the 2nd inning of MLB action as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on September 14, 2016.

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Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada delivers a pitch during the 2nd inning of MLB action as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on September 14, 2016.

As the Blue Jays kick off their final home-stand against the New York Yankees on Friday evening, downtown drivers are expected to face serious delays and road closures surrounding Rogers Centre.

Nearly 50,000 people are expected to attend the sold-out game, with the first pitch at 7:07 p.m., as the hometown heroes try to solidify their chances at making the playoffs with a four-game series against the Yankees, followed by a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to Toronto police, the road closures will be in effect after the game “to assist with the safe exist of pedestrians at motorists leaving the area.”

Blue Jays Way will be closed for southbound traffic from Front St. West to Navy Wharf Ct.

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Bremner Blvd. will be partially closed eastbound from Spadina Ave. to Rees St., and closed entirely from Rees St. to Lower Simcoe St.

Going westbound, Bremner Blvd. will be closed from Lower Simcoe St. to Navy Wharf Ct.

Spadina Ave. will be closed southbound from Front St. W. to Lake Shore Blvd. W.

Police are advising people to avoid the area, take alternate routes, use public transit, carpool and give themselves extra time to travel.

Those taking a taxi or an Uber are also asked to drop off and pick up passengers on Front St. W., east of Blue Jays Way, to avoid congestion.

Go Jays go!