Red Sox to have fans at Fenway to start 2021

Lose Remerswaal

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Time for my annual post: why does MLB refuse to schedule the opening few series in warm weather cities or cities with domes?

Why have Baltimore playing at Boston while Tampa plays at Miami? Houston at Oakland? Texas at KC? San Francisco at Seattle? LA at Colorado? Arizona at San Diego? Atlanta at Philly?
Because Opening Day will sell tix, in normal times, but other April games just don't sell as well as summer and fall games during a pennant race. And every early April home game a team has is one fewer home game during more desirable times.
 

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Because Opening Day will sell tix, in normal times, but other April games just don't sell as well as summer and fall games during a pennant race. And every early April home game a team has is one fewer home game during more desirable times.
I suspect that rationale is the reason, but, it seems like it could be dealt with by stacking the first 2ish weeks of the season in warm cities/domes, then the next 2ish weeks farther north, then all teams are on equal footing for the remainder of the season.

I guess one factor would be attendance on opening day vs. attendance at a team's home opener. For teams who sell out in advance, weather would not impact ticket sales on opening day, but, I think most teams don't sell out well in advance of opening day (which would mean that weather would influence the number of tickets sold).
 

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Love surprising my friend with tickets he now can't use. Grumble, grumble, it's going to be cloudy and mid 40s at 2pm, grumble.
 

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Time for my annual post: why does MLB refuse to schedule the opening few series in warm weather cities or cities with domes?

Why have Baltimore playing at Boston while Tampa plays at Miami? Houston at Oakland? Texas at KC? San Francisco at Seattle? LA at Colorado? Arizona at San Diego? Atlanta at Philly?
Agree with this. Detroit, Boston and the Chicagos should open on the road.

I'd prefer to have Patriots Day Weekend be opening weekend. Or maybe even cooler, have the Patriots Day game itself be OD. And then you can also have a little bit of OD weather hedging if you have Monday at 11AM and Tuesday at 7PM. Not 48 hours like you have now, but almost as good. How cool would that be to be Marathon during OD.

A little surprised with the postponement today. Is there an issue with the current grounds crew? Is it tradition to start at 2PM? Looks dry after 5.

In any case, go baseball! It will start back soon enough.
 

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Love surprising my friend with tickets he now can't use. Grumble, grumble, it's going to be cloudy and mid 40s at 2pm, grumble.
Neither today and tomorrow seem like great baseball weather days. Next week looks better!
 

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Agree with this. Detroit, Boston and the Chicagos should open on the road.

I'd prefer to have Patriots Day Weekend be opening weekend. Or maybe even cooler, have the Patriots Day game itself be OD. And then you can also have a little bit of OD weather hedging if you have Monday at 11AM and Tuesday at 7PM. Not 48 hours like you have now, but almost as good. How cool would that be to be Marathon during OD.

A little surprised with the postponement today. Is there an issue with the current grounds crew? Is it tradition to start at 2PM? Looks dry after 5.

In any case, go baseball! It will start back soon enough.
First part (where to start the season) has been discussed above.

Why cancel today? Field will still be wet. Stands and seats will be wet. They have tomorrow available. They canceled it early enough that no one is already there. I think it's the wise choice.

Tomorrow and Saturday and clear and sunny. A bit cooler tomorrow than today (and Saturday) but definitely good April baseball weather
 

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Agree with this. Detroit, Boston and the Chicagos should open on the road.
There are 15 stadiums that are either in warmer areas or have a roof: Seattle, Oakland, SF, Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Arizona, Texas, Houston, Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Toronto, and either Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, St. Louis, or KC. Conveniently, those 15 teams are split evenly between AL and NL teams.

I think the home opener (as opposed to opening day) would sell out for several of the northern teams (Boston, NY Yankees and Mets, Philly, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, St. Louis). Likewise, when the remaining northern teams are competitive, almost all have shown the ability to sell out regularly. So, the issue seems to be whether the current scheduling is worth it in order to boost ticket sales for a single game in a few northern cities with non-competitive teams?
 

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As an example, in 2019, the Twins opened the season against Cleveland and drew roughly 69,000 fans over three games (with opening day outdrawing games 2 and 3 combined). A month later, they played three games against Baltimore and drew roughly 66,000 fans (more evenly spread among the three games). I think an argument could be made that teams in northern cities would sell the same number of tickets if they waited to have the home opener later in the spring.