Parkview Field Hosts Open House For TinCaps Fans

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 6:14 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Although we're in the second week of spring and the snows coming down that didn't stop hundreds of people from coming out to Parkview field to enjoy the stadium before the TinCaps season kicks off.

The final countdown begins…just five days remain until the big opening day at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps will begin their sixth season on Thursday April 3rd, and Fort Wayne fans couldn't be more excited.

On Saturday Parkview Field opened its gates to the public free of admission for a special experience of what the park has to offer.

"Tours of the ballpark, park areas they've never been to before, up in the suites and the locker room, and the 400 club, discounted and some free concessions, and really just a chance to get out and see the ball park. We had hoped for better weather, but this is the hand we're dealt and we've already got a few hundred in here so that's encouraging,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said.

The open house is also a good time for employees of the field to get used to the swing of things before the season is fully under way.

"It’s not about the money we need the practice. The team's been practicing out at spring training, all of our folks need the practice as well so it will help us gear up."

The team will arrive Sunday evening after training in the warm air of Phoenix, AZ.

Although it may still feel like winter, eager fans are ready to kick off the summer season with their favorite Fort Wayne sports team.

"It’s a great place to come and see baseball without having to drive real far. You can get tickets for good prices, I think everyone in the summer likes a cold hot dog and a warm beer and they do it better here. I'd say we're big TinCaps fans and that we love the experience, probably later in the season we'll get to know the players better, but for right now I think we're just ready for baseball and summer,” fan Jason Habisch said.

"This is our third year that we have the abbreviated season tickets, we always get the same seats right behind home plate, and we love it, we love watching and supporting our home team,” fan Monica Trump said.

Regardless of the weather, rain or shine, fans can expect peanuts and cracker jacks and root for their home team on opening day.

"We’re like the mail folks we play and deliver in anything, so we're planning on playing, the field should be dry back out tomorrow and we'll be good to go Thursday night," Nutter said.

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