Rain threat lowers attendance at Redbirds season opener - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rain threat lowers attendance at Redbirds season opener

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Redbirds officials believe the threat of rain kept many fans away from Thursday night's season opener against the Iowa Cubs at AutoZone Park. However, weather is part of baseball and they have a game plan for when things get severe.

"I mean, weather is the biggest factor of what we do," said Redbirds General Manager Craig Unger. "It's the one thing we can't control. So, we have to make sure we stay on top of that all of the time."

Team officials said the weather likely impacted attendance at Thursday night's season opener at the newly renovated park.

Fans who did show up, though, came prepared.

"Oh, we're good, we brought an umbrella, we're ready," said one fan.

Fans are encouraged to stay inside the park if weather turns severe. They can be directed to covered areas and even into tunnels and the basement underneath the stadium, if necessary.

"This is one of the safest places you can be. So, as often as we can, we don't want to send people out into the storm," said Unger.

Unger says the extreme heat in the summer requires planning as well. That's when they set up extra water and cooling stations.

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