Will Frontier Field be ready for opening day?

Posted at: 04/02/2014 3:48 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2014 5:16 PM
By: Stephen Bond

Baseball fans are keeping an eye on Saturday’s weather. The Rochester Red Wings are less than four days away from their home opener at Frontier Field. Before the players can take the field, the grounds crews need to make sure there’s a field to play on.

Hour after hour and wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow the grounds crews at Frontier Field continue to transform the field. In less than four days, the Red Wings will open Frontier Field for the 2014 season and the grounds crews say they’re up against the clock in order to play ball.

Geno Buonomo, Assistant Head Ground Keeper, Frontier Field, said, “Number one being the cold winter, the amount of snow we’ve had and hockey being here, all those on top of each other just made a mess.”

Just over four months ago, Frontier Field was a winter wonderland and on Tuesday, some of that snow still remained. Thanks to modern technology and a little elbow grease, the snow is gone and they can start to form the diamond.

Buonomo said, “We laid down the sod, we rebuilt the mound, so all those are intact. As of right now, we’re leveling off the infield. As of things right now, we should be, we should be good to go.”

The big question on every Red Wings fans mind, will there be baseball on Saturday? Buonomo says barring any major setbacks, they're on schedule to play ball Saturday.  The first pitch is set for 2:05 p.m.