OREM (ABC4 Utah News) – A recent concert to promote understanding and acceptance of LGBT youth was a huge success…perhaps a little too big for the Orem Owlz minor league baseball team.
Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees and others put on an amazing performance Saturday night at Brent Brown Ballpark. Owlz General Manager Rick Berry was one of the 17,000 in attendance.
“I was there at the concert,” Berry told ABC4 Utah News. “Unbelieveable. Great message. Great concert. Great cause.”
It left an impression on Berry and on the grass his team plays on. All those fans did a number on the field and that number? 11,000. That’s how many fans were standing on the grass, plus all of the stage equipment and forklifts to move it in.
As a result, after the show the turf had numerous, ruts, dips and divots
“So there’s an area where an outfielder’s running for a ball is going to step in a hole,” Berry said. “Too much liability there for somebody to roll an ankle, blow an ankle or a knee…Player safety is number one by far so we deemed it unplayable for tonight and tomorrow and that’s why the games are moved to Ogden.”
The total cost to repair the field and who’s picking up the bill? Berry says that’s still to be determined but his team is losing two home games worth of revenue near the end of their regular season?
“Would we do it all over again? Absolutely,” Berry said. ” Would we do things a little bit different? Absolutely. So you’ve got to be a little bit more cautious you know the next time around if it happens here at the ballpark.”
The Owlz plan to replace sod this weekend and have the field ready to go for next Tuesday’s game against Idaho Falls.
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