It’s game day

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As of 10:45 a.m., it’s somewhat hard to imagine there’s going to be a baseball game over at the Bowling Green Ballpark in about eight hours, much less that gates will open at 5 p.m. to season-ticket holders (5:30 p.m. to the general public).

The ballpark very much remains a construction site, with equipment and hard-hatted workers and temporary fencing scattered all around. I don’t know how much of that will be cleared out or tucked away by the time fans arrive – there’s plenty of work left to do in parts of the complex, so fans probably shouldn’t expect a pristine vista as they walk in tonight.

That said, the exterior disarray doesn’t match the interior. I can tell you the inside of the park is perfectly suitable for a game. In fact, when I drove by the park about 9:30 p.m. last night, there was an almost mystical pinkish glow rising from the bowl – the huge scoreboard and the outfield video boards were lit, throwing light of all colors across the field. 

It’ll be a neat atmosphere tonight, especially since it’ll be the only time it’ll feel this way. There may very well be big crowds the rest of the summer, but they probably won’t match tonight’s. And the anticipation makes the evening feel really significant. There’s a lot of media attention – I believe local radio and perhaps television will be broadcasting from the stadium at various times today – and there’s still a sense that the public is trying to wrap its collective head around this whole endeavor. Tonight, it should all become clear.

We’ll check in throughout the rest of the day. And remember to follow Daily News reporters Micheal Compton and Nick Baumgardner on Twitter tonight. They’ll be issuing updates about the game and about the scene from about 4 p.m. through the final out.

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