As Teams Travel to Pleasant Arizona, Will the Roof Stay Open at Diamondbacks’ Chase Field for Game 3?

Published 10/30/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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With the MLB world heating up for another clash between the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix is getting ready to host the World Series. The usually hot Valley of the Sun is going through a pleasant stretch of weather in October, making it the perfect time for a thrilling baseball game. So when Chase Field holds the next three games, fans are hoping for an edge-of-the-seat match-up. Still, there are many who are wondering whether the stadium will open its roof or not.

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To say that Phoenix burns would be an understatement. The city which goes over 100 degrees quite consistently is more than just hot. So the roof of Chase Field remains closed almost all the time. But with the recent better weather is there a chance for things to change?

Arizona Diamondbacks can open the roofs for the next 3 games

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When the D-Backs ballpark was opened in 1998, it was the first stadium with a retractable roof. Although the top used to stay open at first, the team has kept the roof mostly closed since the park shifted to an artificial turf. The notoriously hot Phoenix makes for a good reason. But currently, since temperatures around the city are hovering around 82 degrees, there is a chance that the fans get to see the game under the open sky.

According to Bob Nightengale, the D-Backs may be considering opening the roof due to moderate temperatures. “Considering the high is only 82 degrees all week in Phoenix, the roof should be open for World Series Games 3-5 at Chase Field.” That would be quite a sight to see. Although opening the roof comes with its own disadvantages, or perks if one looks at it the other way, like reduced fan noise, it would be quite a unique experience for the players.

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Up until now, both teams have kept their roofs closed in the postseason because this is something unique in baseball. Unlike other sports, fan involvement is a key advantage for a baseball team. So reducing their sound might have a cost but as this is the World Series, it probably won’t matter much. The atmosphere created by the fans would likely be ear-shattering either way.

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The bigger worry for the batters would be the size of Chase Field. It is a known fact that batters do not like hitting here because the ballpark poses a great challenge due to its long ends. It would actually be interesting to see Adolis Garcia, a man who has hit home runs till now try to swing for the fences. And what about each team’s home/ away records?

Diamondbacks’ good home record vs Rangers’ undefeated away run

As the Fall Classic shifts to the Valley of the Sun, both teams have a lot to look forward to. With the series leveled, the next 3 games could be the deciders. Texas Rangers up until now have been undefeated in away games. On the other hand, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a good home record and are coming off of a very strong performance in game 2.

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The heavy-hitting squad of Rangers may face a huge challenge this time. They’d want their players to return to form after a dismal game 2. So as the World Series starts its middle part, fans look on with heavy breaths.

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Sanskar Dubey serves as an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, driven by his deep passion for sports that ultimately led him to the world of baseball. When the chance arose to join the EssentiallySports team, he eagerly seized it without hesitation. He loves to write for the sport at a time when there is a hot tussle between the National League and American League throughout the season.
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