Will the rain damper the Red Wings' home opener?

Updated: 04/04/2014 5:24 PM
Created: 04/04/2014 5:17 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond

The inclement weather canceled the Rochester Red Wings game Friday in Buffalo. But will Rochester’s home opener be spoiled as well?

Mother Nature continues to dish out April showers and that puts the Red Wings home opener in jeopardy. On Friday, the greater Rochester area had nearly half of an inch of rain, but the Red Wings were prepared and had the infield already covered.

This past Tuesday, there was snow at Frontier Field, but the ground crews used heat coils and elbow grease to clear it.  The next day, crews put the finishing touches on the infield. 

Despite the rain canceling Friday, Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason says they should be ready for Saturday’s home opener.

“On Tuesday, it was covered with snow, but by Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., all the snow was gone. We did a lot of work on the field on Wednesday and a lot yesterday. So, we're ready to play. All we need is for it to stop raining at this point, which is supposed to be no rain tomorrow. We should be in good shape and ready to rock at 2:05 tomorrow.”

Mason says they're expecting to deal with brisk winds and chilly temperatures Saturday, but he joked saying it's a heat wave compared to the Frozen Frontier and the 11,000 people that showed up for that game.

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