The roof of Chase Field was wide open.
Game 3 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks, which will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 31st (Korean time), will be played with the stadium roof open.
This is a decision made by the Major League Baseball office. The weather in Phoenix on this day was relatively cool at 26 degrees Celsius, and this seems to have been reflected.
Chase Field, which opened in 1998, was built as an open-and-close stadium in consideration of Phoenix’s desert climate. There are more days with the roof closed than with the roof open.
Arizona recorded 15 wins and 8 losses in open games and 27 wins and 31 losses in closed games as of the start time of this regular season game.
Due to the nature of the dry desert climate, when playing with the roof open, batted balls tend to fly farther, giving the batter an advantage.
Both teams don’t seem to be very conscious of this.
Arizona coach Tori Lovello said, “I heard that batted balls fly farther. “As long as the stadium as we know it doesn’t change, I don’t think it matters whether it’s home or away,” he said, expressing his thoughts on whether the roof will be open or closed.
He said, “I have seen many records that reflect stadium elements. In particular, I looked at the records of batted balls flying toward a specific area of this stadium, and in gap-to-gap (center of the outfield), batted balls do not go farther (opening the roof). So it doesn’t matter to me. “It doesn’t matter as long as the two teams play in the same stadium and under the same conditions,” he continued.
Arizona outfielder Corbin Carroll said, “(When you open the roof) the batted ball flies a little farther. “I like this,” he said.
Texas right-hander John Gray, who often pitched at Chase Field while playing against Arizona, a team from the same division, during his time with the Colorado Rockies, said of Chase Field, which opened its roof, saying, “I gained a lot of experience here, but I don’t remember if I ever opened the roof.” It revealed unfamiliarity.
Still, “I like this place. It is a stadium with many good elements. I think it will be interesting to see how it will change when the roof is opened. “Either way, we will be preparing for the best game,” he said, emphasizing that it does not matter whether the roof is open or closed.
Texas coach Bruce Bochy, who visited here several times as coach of the San Francisco Giants, said, “It’s okay to open the roof. It is a beautiful stadium when the roof is opened. It’s the same as our home stadium. Originally, baseball was a sport played outdoors while looking at the sky. “I’m fine,” he said, welcoming the opening of the roof.
He continued, “I also know that the batted ball flies farther when the roof is opened. I also know that many pitchers don’t like to open the roof. Weather will probably have the biggest impact on keeping your roof closed. “But tonight will be a beautiful night,” he said, expressing his expectations for the game.굿모닝토토 도메인
The 2023 World Series was the first match between teams with a retractable stadium as their home stadium. Thanks to this, whether the roof can be opened or closed is also becoming a hot topic.