Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's the day baseball fans have been patiently waiting for and grey skies won't keep the Binghamton Mets from taking the field.
The B-Mets home opener brings fans to NYSEG Stadium regardless of the potential rain showers.
The team and fans are ready for whatever mother nature throws at them.
"Our main concern is always the weather," said General Manager Jim Weed. "We're so weather-dependent in this business, but you look at it and as you know the weather patterns change here all the time."
In order for the stadium seats to be filled the cloudy skies must cooperate. Overcast and rainy days sometimes make the turf manager feel more like a weatherman.
"At least 15 to 20 times a day I'm looking at radars," said Sports Turf Manager EJ Folli. "And not just one radar but many. I'm tracking storms and stuff like that. It's a big part."
When the rain tarp is put away everyone at the stadium is happy. The grounds crew was on the field hours before the opening game to put finishing touches to the fields.
The Binghamton Mets are prepared for an exciting season this year. The players are off to a winning start and there's a lot of new faces for fans to follow.
"We've got a lot of new players this year," Weed said. "A lot of guys we've got I think 16 new faces on the roster this year which is great. These guys are all hungry."
A winning team could mean success at the box office.
"They started off 4-2," said Director of Community Relations Connor Gates. "And we're hoping that success translates back here to the field which will in turn translate to greater success at the box office."
For the first home game of the season the B-Mets play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The game starts at 6:35.