Roof opened and closed in Rangers season opener vs. Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers stand for the national anthem before an opening day baseball game, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The retractable roof at the Texas Rangers ballpark was opened before the first pitch of the season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday and then was closed during the fourth inning because of thunderstorms in the area.

It was the first time at Globe Life Field, which is in its fourth season as the Rangers home, that a game had the roof rolled out during play.

Team officials took a long time before deciding to open the roof for the start of the game. It was opened about an hour before the first pitch. The weather was overcast and 69 degrees when the game started.

With the Phillies batting in the fourth inning, and the potential of thunderstorms in the area, the roof started to close. That process takes about 12 minutes.


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