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On what had been a perfect day, Dehler Park turned into Dehler Dark
The first game Replica Alex Rodriguez White(Pink Strip) Jersey at Billings' new baseball stadium was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning after the lights failed to come on over a full Yankees Brett Gardner Replica Jersey house of American Legion baseball fans who came to watch the Alex Rodriguez Black Jersey Billings Yankees Brett Gardner Authentic Jersey Scarlets take on the Bozeman Bucks.
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The game will be finished tonight at Pirtz Alex Rodriguez Grey Jersey Field prior to a scheduled game.
Earlier Sunday, it felt like a carnival during the afternoon-long grand opening of Dehler Park With temperatures in the mid to high 80s and the sky a cloudless blue, thousands of people inspected every nook and cranny of the $13.7 million ballpark and enjoyed themselves on Replica Alex Rodriguez White(Black Strip) Jersey the expansive concrete concourse that runs around the field.
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Representatives of numerous arts and cultural organizations advertised their events and venues, while at the Costco booth there were free slices of cake decorated with a baseball theme.
And everywhere there were people oohing and ahing over the spanking-new ballfield.
"Oh, it's a great facility," said Bob Lien, 83, who was wearing a red Mustangs hat. "Billings can be very, very proud of it. You'd have to go a long way before you'd find a Replica Brett Gardner White Jersey finer minor league park than this."
Lien said he was really impressed with the handicapped seating areas. "I may have to take advantage of that before too long," he said.
With a straw hat shading his eyes, Gene Spildie stood on the concourse overlooking left field, enjoying a beer and the Replica Alex Rodriguez Black Jersey afternoon breeze.
"This place is sensational," he said. "And we stil lgot the view of the Rimrocks, which is great."
Spildie remembers playing at Cobb Field in his days as an American Legion player in Laurel in 1949. He couldn't help but wonder what Alex Rodriguez White Jersey playing on the field would feel like for Billings' American Legion teams, who will share the field with the minor league Billings Mustangs and Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets.
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Dolly Ryan Official Brett Gardner Jersey also got on the field. She sang the national anthem, the first time in Dehler Park, and her first time for a baseball game. Her longtime friend, Jon Dehler, who donated $1 million to the construction of the Authentic Alex Rodriguez Grey Jersey ballpark, asked her if she would sing the national Authentic Brett Gardner White Jersey anthem on opening night.
She'd sang the national anthem a few times before for hockey games and indoor football, but had never sung the anthem in the open air.
As excited as she was to sing, she was more excited to say, "Let's play ball."
"I've always wanted to do that," she said.
Barry O'Donnell, a season-ticket holder for 25 years, was wearing a Cobb Field T-shirt during the grand opening. He called Dehler Park "a beautiful stadium" and said he was impressed with the clean, spacious restrooms, a contrast to the cramped, leaky facilities at the old Cobb Field.
O'Donnell's seats Yankees Alex Rodriguez Authentic Jersey this season will be on the third-base line, a little past where the foul-ball netting stops, but he's not worried about Authentic C.C. Sabathia Grey Jersey getting beaned.
"I come to the ballgame to watch baseball," he said. "You've gotta pay attention."
One of the first athletes lucky enough to get out on the field was 13-year-old, Alex Williams, who , plays for the. Burlington Little League team. He was taking part in a baseball clinic for Little Leaguers put on by players from MSU Billings.
"I Authentic Alex Rodriguez White(Black Strip) Jersey think it's a lot nicer than the old one," Williams said. "I like the big scoreboard and I like how it's underground."
The field isn't quite underground, but it is sunken, with Brett Gardner White Jersey a drop of about eight feet from street level to the playing surface. That gives even those standing at the outfield railing a bird's-eye view of the whole stadium.
The wide-open feel of the ballpark was something that appealed to Michelle Wohlgenant, who was taking in the sights Sunday with her three children. It will be Authentic Alex Rodriguez White(Pink Strip) Jersey easier to keep an eye on them at the new field.
"You can definitely see them from wherever you are," she said.
Billings City Councilman Dick Clark, a member of the ballpark steering committee, beamed with Authentic C.C. Sabathia Red Jersey not just a little sunburn. He was proud of Billings residents for their support, and couldn't contain his praise for the numerous donors who contributed to the park.
"Every time it looked like we weren't going to have enough money, someone would step forward," he said. "I always knew the people of Billings were great, but to see them step up like they have - it's been amazing."
The entryway at the front Alex Rodriguez White(Pink Strip) Jersey gate is partly paved with engraved bricks commemorating donors, and a wall of marble plaques behind the new statue of Billings baseball Authentic Alex Rodriguez Red Jersey legend Dave McNally bears the names of the deep-pockets donors.
Visitors strolled through the guests' and the Mustangs' clubhouses and Authentic C.C. Sabathia Black Jersey milled around the Mustangs store, which was selling T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseballs, miniature Alex Rodriguez White(Black Strip) Jersey bats and baseball caps.
Tickets for reserved seating at the Mustangs' home opener have been sold out for three weeks, and tickets for general admission will go on sale at 4 p.m. the day of the game. The Mustangs will play nightly through Sunday. Even with a long line of people to buy tickets for games later in the week, plenty of reserved seat tickets are still available.
Making the circuit on the 360-degree concourse at least twice, visitors checked out the picnic areas and the new restrooms and peered into the training area behind the left field fence.
If you were there and the concourse looked Authentic Alex Rodriguez Black Jersey huge, it wasn't just your imagination. According to the Parks . and Recreation Department, the construction of Dehler Park entailed the use of 5,050 cubic yards of concrete, enough to build a 4-foot-wide sidewalk more than 19 miles long, plus 43,000 concrete blocks, enough to build a wall 6 feet tall and 1.2 miles long.
Floating through the air all day, compliments of Dehler Park's new sound system, was Authentic Alex Rodriguez White Jersey a loop of 10 baseball-themed songs, including John Fogerty's "Centerfield," Bruce Official Alex Rodriguez Jersey Springsteen's "Glory Days" and Terry Cashman's "Talkin' Baseball."
While many of the fans who took in the Scarlets' game were left to wait on the outcome of the game, Jeff Ballard, chairman of the Billings American Legion remained upbeat.
"Well, you know, every new ballpark is going to have some hiccups. It's good for the Mustangs' grand opener (Tuesday) that they found out about this," Ballard said. "Of course, it's unfortunate for us that we can't finish the game tonight."