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A Chilly Home Opener for the Hillcats


Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg, VA - The colder temperatures did not stop die-hard baseball fans from opening night. Friday, City Stadium was packed with people cheering on their Lynchburg Hillcats.

Fans had several options on warming up to the colder temperatures. In fact, the weather didn't bother really anyone. They were having too much fun to complain.

A little cold snap couldn't stop the Bowen family from the start of baseball season.

"We were going to come anyway. It's opening night! You don't want to miss it," said Jennifer Bowen.

The Bowen family made the drive from Farmville to watch their first home opener.

"We're usually here in July and August when it's 100 degrees, so this is sort of nice," said Bowen.

"I remember home openers that were much colder, much colder. So cold we had scarves around our faces. We would sit there and shiver the whole night, so this is good," said Wanda Padgett.

Wanda Padgett gathered up all her grand kids for the game. And made sure they were ready for the elements.

"I did bring blankets and hats and gloves, so we are all prepared," said Padgett.

Padgett wasn't the only one thinking ahead. Just about every aisle had a blanket, sweatshirt, and people still having a good time.

So, this is one of the colder home openers in recent Hillcat history. So cold, the hoodies are flying off the shelves. They're selling so fast, Laura Dale, working the Catty Shack gift shop, is doing her darndest to keep up.

"Unbelievably busy. I mean, unbelievable busy!" said Laura Dale.

The Catty Shack clothing store can't complain though. The register's been working hard all night.

"They're not even batting an eye. That's what's cracking me up. We're having $100 sales left and right, and they're not even batting an eye," said Laura Dale.

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