BALTIMORE, MD - With just a few days to go, crews are packing down the dirt, tying loose ends, and rolling out the finishing touches at Camden Yards. But with winter-like weather, getting Camden Yards ready hasn't been a walk in the park.
"It's been a challenge, but we've had to adjust many times, so I think we're used to just rolling with the punches right now," said Nicole McFadyen, Orioles head grounds keeper.
It's been only days since the last snow, and the freezing temperatures put a damper on preparations.
"To get the grass to respond during this cold weather is just a big challenge. But there's really nothing I can do about it. We're just tamping mounds, tamping the dirt behind us," McFadyen said.
McFadyen says despite a few weather road blocks, crews are right on schedule.
"It's just, you take a look at the forecast, you try to put a list of top priority to lowest priority and just knock it out as you can," she said.
They've been prepping the field for about a month. Now, just the final touches are left before the big day.
"We're just looking forward to that feeling of spring. You know? Even though it's already spring, when baseball starts or opening day happens, then that's like, it is really spring then," said McFadyen.
The Orioles kick off the season on Monday at 3:05 p.m.