Photos: Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 9, 2013
A blizzard warning issued for Commerce City caused Major League Soccer to re-schedule the Colorado Rapids home opener against Philadelphia to Sunday at 1 p.m.
With the forecast predicting anywhere from 6-18 inches of snow, a four-man Dick's Sporting Goods Park grounds crew used plows on carts to keep up with the snow, removing approximately 5" of heavy, wet snow off the main pitch by 2:00 p.m. By 3 p.m. - an hour before the originally scheduled kickoff time - the wind-blown snow had blanketed the field again, though the orange-painted lines were visible.
Snow tappered off by 5 p.m. with accumulation totals varying throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service.
Turf crew chief Brett Baird told ColoradoRapids.com that the staff would begin prepping the field early Sunday morning and have the pitch ready in time for team warmups, if not sooner.
Sunday's forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 40s.
A few staffers that made it to the stadium also shared photos via twitter:
— Wayne Brant (@WayneBrant) March 9, 2013
— Tim Hinchey III (@tkhinchey3) March 9, 2013
— GEHS Smith (@GEHSmithJr) March 9, 2013