Concert damages Orem baseball field, 2 Raptors games moved to Lindquist Field

Tuesday , August 29, 2017 - 5:43 PM2 comments

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Two Pioneer League baseball games the Orem Owlz were scheduled to host against the Ogden Raptors this week are being moved to Lindquist Field after a concert damaged the field the Owlz call home.

Games on Wednesday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Aug. 31, will now be played at Lindquist Field, Raptors president Dave Baggott confirmed to the Standard-Examiner. Both games will start at 6:30 p.m.

Admission to those two games is free and seating will be open (first come, first served). Tickets will be required for entry and can be obtained at the Lindquist Field ticket office during the day, or, when gates open at 5:30 p.m., at the ticket booths near the gates.

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Brent Brown Ballpark hosted the LoveLoud Fest, which boasted a blockbuster co-headline act of Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees, on Saturday, Aug. 26. The Orem facility, which is owned and operated by Utah Valley University, hosted 17,000 concert-goers that night, according to reports from the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.

UVU’s website lists the typical baseball capacity of the ballpark at 5,000, meaning 12,000 people were places other than in grandstand seats — including on the playing field.

Baggott said repairs are underway but Orem’s field will not be playable for the scheduled games against Ogden.

Orem remains the home team for the two games, so the Raptors will wear their new, road gray uniforms at Lindquist Field for the first times this season.

After those games, the two teams will remain in Ogden for a two-game set with the Raptors as the regularly scheduled home team. Those games, set for Friday and Saturday, conclude the regular-season series between the in-state rivals.

Baggott said the Orem franchise will not pay a lease or rental fee to move the games.

“Through no fault of their own, their field is not currently playable,” he said. “It’s what you do when you have partners in the league who need help.”

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