DETROIT (WWJ) April showers may bring May flowers, but what happens when March and early April bring nothing but cold winds and freezing drizzle?

Heather Nabozney, head groundskeeper at Comerica Park, is finding out.

Opening Day is two short days away and at Comerica Park this year it’s been a struggle to get the field green in time for the ballpark’s close up.

Nabozney admits that this year she had to add a little dye to cover up all the brown in the field.

“Really, it has to do with soil temperatures, soil temperatures are down in the 40s, grass, the top growth, starts growing a 55 degrees or so, so we’re just a little behind in the temperatures,” Nabozney said. “We don’t have heat, some other ballparks have heat in their field, we do not.”

She added the warning track and centerfield are still freezing every night.

“That’s never happened this close to Opening Day,” Nabozney said.

Grounds staff is putting in 50 to 60 hour weeks to make sure it’s as pretty as a picture when the crowds throng in for Opening Day, she added.

So what should fans expect, weather-wise, for the big day? Forecasts are calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s.


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