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RailRiders are looking to past for future


March 28. 2013 11:56PM
By DAVE ROSENGRANT



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Thursday game the rest of the season, except for the holiday game on July 4.


Early forecasts don’t even have the temperature breaking 50 let alone 60. He’s not backing down from his statement, but said no matter the temperature a great time will be had.


“When it’s snowing outside it’s hard to think spring,” Crain said in between snow flakes Thursday afternoon. “We want people to come out and have fun whether it’s 40 or 94.”


A SNEAK PEAK


Everyone likes something for free. On Wednesday, the RailRiders are holding a free preview of everything new at the ballpark in Moosic.


Gates at newly-renovated PNC Field will open at 5:30 p.m. that night for guests to experience several highlights that will be seen throughout the season.


Not only can fans see the stadium for the first time, players will be working out in their brand new RailRaiders gear — with some available for autographs. All concession stands will also be open along with inflatables in the Family Fun Zone.


A NEW GAME


The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the RailRiders closest and biggest rivals, made national news this week by unveiling new urinals in men’s restrooms that have a urine-controlled video game directly above.


While there are hundreds of new amenities at PNC Field, this is not one of them as Coca-Cola Park in Allentown will be the first venue in the baseball world with the system. Crain applauded IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes and is expecting more of a rivalry throughout the season.


“Kurt Landes is a good friend of mine and his creativity, his innovation is wonderful,” the SWB president and GM said. “We throw around ideas like that a lot. Sometimes you do them and sometimes you can’t. But they’re innovators in our industry. I’m very happy for (the IronPigs). It’s a cool thing.”


TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE Don’t be afraid that you won’t be able to get a ticket for the Opening Day event at PNC Field. While there are thousands of tickets sold for the first game in history of re-branded PNC Field, there are tickets remaining.


“We encourage people to come out and be a part of history,” Crain said. “Come out and be a part of the opening of this brand new ballpark come see it and we’re anxious to see everyone. No matter what the temperature we’re going to put on a great show, especially on Opening Day, because this doesn’t happen all that often.”


One aspect that might not be available for the opener is lawn seats. With the colder than normal temperatures, sod has not been installed in the outfield yet. It will be laid down by opening day, but may not be ready for fans by then. Crain said that a decision on that will be made closer to the game.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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