New York Yankee Stadium isn’t accustomed to digging out for anything. The ballpark in the Bronx is usually dormant this time of year, the sweet sounds of spring still months away.
The grounds crew is getting a crash course in snow removal this week.
About 400 people have been working around the clock since a brutal storm dumped about two feet of snow on the New York area over the weekend. The workers are trying feverishly to get the stadium ready for the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl between Kansas State and Syracuse on Thursday afternoon, clearing the field, plazas, concourses and enough seating for about 48,000 fans.
Ready, set, hike?
More like ready, set, shovel.
“We had the field covered up and we’re getting it plowed, and the field looks great,” Yankees president Randy Levine said Tuesday. “They’ve been working all night and really there’s no issues whatsoever. It’ll be ready for the game.”
In fact, Levine believes it will be ready today, when the Wildcats (7-5) and Orange (7-5) are scheduled to hold their final practices at the ballpark.
The teams have been shuttled all over the New York City area this week, trying to squeeze in practice wherever they can. The Wildcats worked out in a hotel ballroom on Sunday, when the snow and wind was crippling the city. Both teams practiced at the New York Giants’ indoor facility in East Rutherford, N.J., on Monday and the New York Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Kansas State was fortunate just to arrive on Sunday. Its charter landed shortly before the storm swept through with a vengeance, one of the last flights into the city before the three major airports shut down. Syracuse also made it from its campus in upstate New York, only slightly behind schedule, despite conditions that made driving nearly unbearable.