TinCaps prepare for Opening Day

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For many people in the Summit City, warmer days mean watching TinCaps games at Parkview Field. However, with Opening Day a month away, there are colder temperatures in the forecast and a field covered in snow.

TinCaps staff said it’s too early too tell if they’ll have to cancel Opening Day. The head groundskeeper, Keith Winter, said they need temperatures to be at least in the 40s for the snow to melt on the field. Winter said the field has been covered since mid-December, and there are currently around 10 inches of snow covering the field. Winter said it’s now just a waiting game for warmer temperatures.

“There’s really no way to go out there and shovel 88,000 square feet of snow off a field,” Winter said. “There’s no place to put it.”

Winter said groundskeepers don’t usually start working on the field until St. Patrick’s Day. They said if the ground is still snow-covered at that time then they might start to worry. Winter said when the snow does melt, they won’t have a problem with the field being soggy because it’s a sand-based field which soaks up moisture. Until the weather gets better, they’re working on improving the building and setting up more promotions projects. Their tagline for the year is “Big Fun.” There are 70 home games, and staff have planned new theme nights, beer and wine tastings and added more fireworks shows.

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