Miller Park crews ready field for Brewers Opening Day
MILWAUKEE - The cold, March weather has been problematic for the field at Miller Park, but crews are working around the clock to make sure it's pristine in time for Opening Day.
Ground crews are raking and shoveling the dirt and fine-tuning the stadium's field less than 100 hours before the Boys of Summer are back in action.
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"The grass has been a bit of a struggle, but we're coming along, slowly but surely," said Justin Scott, a Brewers groundskeeper.
He has had a lot of sleepless nights dealing with Wisconsin weather.
This is his second season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
"Everyone always wishes Opening Day was a week later than it actually is, but you play when the commissioner's office says to, and we'll be ready."
The biggest problem is that it's too cold to open the roof, keeping the sunlight out and the grass from growing.
This is the first time, according to Scott, that this problem has happened in the 13-year history of Miller Park.
"Most of what we've got is kind of leftover green from last year, as opposed to new growth," said Scott.
Grounds crews have succeeded against those challenges, and Scott says players and fans have nothing to worry about.
"I think the field will play great as the season starts."
Crews say they need temperatures in the low 40's with sunlight, and that really hasn't happened this March.
The team says the field will be ready to go in time for Friday's exhibition game.