Reporter Jang Hyeon-gu = In Game 1 of the World Series that will determine the 2023 champion of the Major League Baseball (MLB), the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers players engage in a heated battle in a stadium with a closed roof.
According to the Associated Press on the 28th (Korean time), the MLB Secretariat decided to close the roof of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, 5 hours and 30 minutes before Game 1 of the World Series, which begins today.
The game will be held at 7 PM local time in the United States, and with temperatures in the low 20s and the possibility of rain accompanied by thunder and lightning being forecast, the MLB Secretariat decided not to open the roof of Globe Life Field.
Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, which is used as the home of the Arizona team, is also a stadium with a retractable roof, so the Associated Press predicted that there is a possibility that the World Series will be played entirely indoors for the first time in history.
Whether or not the roof can be opened or closed is determined by the home team in the regular season and by the MLB Secretariat in the postseason.
The weather in Arlington, the home of the Texas team, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area is famous for being hot even during night games in the middle of summer. The temperature right before a game often exceeds 38 degrees.
The Texas team installed a retractable roof when building Globe Life Field, which opened in 2020, to improve players’ performance and closes the roof not only when it rains but also when it is hot.
The roof is sometimes closed to prevent the stadium’s walking passages from becoming slippery during high-humidity heat waves.굿모닝토토 도메인
The Texas team played games with the roof open 11 times in this year’s regular season. The last day the roof was opened was May 22nd.
In this year’s postseason, Texas played three out of four games with the roof closed until the day before.