The Red Sox won’t be playing ball on Major League Baseball's Opening Day this year.
Fans will have to wait another day to make their way to Fenway Park for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown, as inclement weather forced the team to postpone its scheduled opener on Thursday, April 1 against the Baltimore Orioles until Friday, April 2 at 2:10 p.m., when the forecast is more favorable.
“The decision to postpone our first game of the season was not made lightly,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said in the postponement announcement. “The built-in off day was created for just this purpose and tomorrow’s forecast for sunshine also factored into our decision.
“We have been eager to have fans back at Fenway Park for the first time in 18 months and look forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow under brighter and drier conditions.”
Storms rolled through Massachusetts overnight, and while the weather is expected to clear up later in the day, officials were unsure how the field would hold up to all the precipitation.
Thursday's now postponed game had also been scheduled to start at 2:10 p.m.
Tickets from today’s game will be good for admission at the rescheduled game. Pregame ceremonies begin at 1:40 p.m. Gates open two hours before first pitch.
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