Final preparations for Whitecaps home opener

A worker power-washes the stands at Fifth Third Ballpark in preparation for the home opener. (April 7, 2014)

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) — Crews spent Monday on last-minute preparations for the West Michigan Whitecaps’ home opener.

A fire destroyed part of Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park in January.

“We said back on January 3 that we’re going to play baseball. And here it is, it’s going to be April 8, and we’re going play because this is what the community needs, what West Michigan needs.  And this is what baseball is all about,” Vice President of Whitecaps Professional baseball Jim Jarecki said.

Gary Kuipers, who stopped by the box office Monday to pick up six tickets for Tuesday’s game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, said he is excited for the new season.

“We haven’t missed an opening day since the start of the Whitecaps,” he said. “It’s the beginning of spring and it’s the close of winter.”

Among Monday’s final preparations was power-washing the stands to make sure they are clean for fans come Tuesday.

“It’s been great this past week, just getting everything ready,” Whitecaps Partnership & Technology Coordinator Jason Brower told 24 Hour News 8. “We were out here this weekend cleaning up, getting ready for tomorrow. Yes, it’s very exciting.”

There still a lot of work to do to recover from the fire. The walls and roof of the destroyed suites have been put in, but the insides aren’t done yet. It may be June before the boxes are ready to go.

24 Hour News 8 Daybreak will be live at Fifth Third Ballpark Tuesday with an inside look at the newly reconstructed stadium.

Daybreak starts at 4:30 a.m.



The West Michigan Whitecaps

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