COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) - Unseasonably cold temperatures so far this March mean that Fifth Third Ballpark won't look quite the way groundskeepers want on opening day.
Chief Groundskeeper Mike Huie told 24 hour News 8 the cold weather has been stalling attempts getting the park ready for the West Michigan Whitecaps' April 4 opening day.
So far this spring, every warm-up has been followed by a freeze that prevents workers from preparing the field.
Crews have been hand shoveling snow off of the field and putting blanketing on it. They have focused efforts on dirt portions of the field, trying to warm up the ground before it's time to play ball.
"We're planning on taking the blankets off tomorrow, hopefully. The sun really did some wonder here today and greened it up somewhat. It's not going to be dark, dark, good-looking green opening day, but it will be playable," Huie said Wednesday.
Crews say they are hoping for a weekend warm-up to help prepare the field.
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