INDIANAPOLIS,Ind (April 9, 2015)--The Indianapolis Indians opened their season Thursday night at Victory Field. The team played much of the game while under a Tornado Watch before losing 4-0 to the Columbus Clippers.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures blanketed Victory Field for the first pitch. However, gusty winds were a sign of what mother nature had in mind.
"It looks like it's going to work out. Hopefully, we will get a good start to the game before it starts raining," said Indians fan Doug Hass.
"We came and thought we would get rain tickets if the game got cancelled," said Hugh Specht, a die-hard Indians fan.
Fans weren't the only ones paying close attention to the forecast.
"We practice this. We have a plan," said Jon Glesing, senior marketing and communication manager for the Indians.
Glesing says player and fan safety are a top priority. He stresses that the team does not take chances when it comes to severe weather.
"It will ultimately be the call of our general manager who is monitoring if there is a really bad storm, hail, tornadoes, high winds things of that nature if and when we need to execute that plan," said Glesing.
Once the game starts, the umpires decide whether or not to delay or postpone a game.
The threat of bad weather also kept some riders away from Sun King's annual "Bike to the Ball Park."
"We were expecting 600 people this year but weather always plays a big role in that," said Kevin Whited, executive director of IndyCog.
If severe weather strikes during a game, Glesing says it's important for fans to stay calm and listen to instructions from the PA or an usher.
"We have a plan in place that would involve using our staff and ushers to safely usher fans onto the field and into the dugouts and access those safe areas," said Glesing.
There are tunnels below the field that serve as storm shelters.