Tigers-White Sox season opener rained out
All tickets to Monday's game good for admission Tuesday; parking free for all fans
CHICAGO -- The start of the 2017 season for the White Sox and Tigers has been delayed by one day.Monday's scheduled Opening Day at Guaranteed Rate Field was postponed due to rain. The game was delayed for 1 hour and 41 minutes before the final call was made.• White Sox
CHICAGO -- The start of the 2017 season for the White Sox and Tigers has been delayed by one day.
Monday's scheduled Opening Day at Guaranteed Rate Field was postponed due to rain. The game was delayed for 1 hour and 41 minutes before the final call was made.
• White Sox press release on rainout
It will be made up Tuesday, with first pitch at 1:10 p.m. CT. Parking will be free for fans.
"We were hoping there would be some large windows, but right now it just doesn't seem to be the case," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "We're all still excited about getting it going. We delay it one day, but I think the guys are ready to get started.
"[Tuesday] will be the same for us as it was today. Get ready to go out there and play."
All tickets for Monday's postponed contest, used or unused, are good for admission to Tuesday's rescheduled home opener. Parking lots open at 10 a.m., and the gates to the ballpark will open at 11:40 a.m.
Fans with stadium club coupons for Monday can use those for Tuesday's contest. No exchanges are necessary.
In consideration for how the postponement might disrupt the schedules of fans, the White Sox also announced fans holding tickets to Monday's originally scheduled game can bring their used or unused ticket to the Guaranteed Rate Field box office any time during regular business hours and receive a complimentary lower box or outfield reserve ticket to any future White Sox game, excluding the following dates: May 29-31 vs. the Red Sox, June 24 vs. the A's, June 26-29 vs. the Yankees, July 18-19 vs. the Dodgers and July 26-27 vs. the Cubs, based on availability.
Both teams were introduced as part of Opening Day ceremonies, with the White Sox entering the ballpark via convertibles coming from center field. But starting pitchers Jose Quintana and Justin Verlander never warmed up as the rain continued.
"It's Mother Nature. We'll deal with it as it happens," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said earlier. "We'll adjust. It's not a big secret."
"Obviously, we've gone through the whole process that we needed to go through today, but they also know that it doesn't make any sense to be out there and not know if we're going to be able to get through it because there aren't enough windows to allow it to happen," Renteria said. "They're ready to go have a good evening and get ready to play [Tuesday]."
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