WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s the bottom of the ninth for maintenance crews at BB&T Ballpark, so the pressure is on.
“It’s all hands on deck. We’ve got everyone here full time, part time, everybody’s on site right now getting cleaned up,” said Ryan Manuel, VP-Baseball Operations.
Adding a fresh layer of paint and restocking concessions are normal things on the to-do list. However, Winston-Salem Dash officials say there isn’t usually this much to do opening week. That’s because Mother Nature threw everyone a curve ball this year.
“I’ve been here for 15 years now and this is probably one of the worst winters we’ve had with having to work around the weather, freezing rain and snow. Just last week we were pressure washing in the snow. So that was a first for us.
Dash officials say there’s also a bigger workload in general this year, with WSSU and high school games being played at the ballpark now too.
“We do about 200 extra events a year outside baseball, we try to use it 365 days a year,” said Geoff Lassiter, president of the Winston-Salem Dash.
Officials say they’ve had to double up on staff this week to get everything done.
“I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’m feeling very good about where we are,” said Manuel.