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Unsafe field conditions cancel Great Falls Voyagers at Missoula Osprey

Game will be made up with doubleheader Sunday
Posted: 8:15 PM, Aug 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-17 16:15:49-04
Missoula Osprey sale to new ownership finalized

(Editor's note: release from Missoula Osprey)

MISSOULA - The Missoula Osprey and Great Falls Voyagers game originally scheduled for Friday Night at Ogren Park Allegiance Field has been cancelled due to unsafe field conditions.

Saturday Night’s game is expected to be played as originally scheduled with a 7:05pm first pitch. Tonight’s game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with Game 1 beginning at 5:00pm. Anyone holding a ticket for tonight’s game may exchange it for equal or lesser value to ANY of the remaining 10 home games this season.

The Mumford and Sons concert combined with the heavy rains Sunday caused some severe damage to the field. The Osprey grounds crew along with local support from businesses specializing in turf management worked hard on repairing the field for play. However, one big area in right center field is still too soft and creates a risk of player injury. After consultation with the White Sox and Diamondbacks officials, the Osprey announced the game would be postponed due to unsafe playing conditions.

“We are very disappointed we couldn’t get the field playable in time for tonight,” explained Osprey Vice President Matt Ellis. “The amount of time and effort put on this field to make it playable, only to come up short at the end, hurts. I couldn’t be more proud of or expect any more from my grounds team, but center field is just too soft to play on. Based on the daily improvement we have had, we are very confident that tomorrow’s game will be played.”

This homestand will resume tomorrow with some great promotions in the docket: Saturday, August 17 vs Great Falls Voyagers – Gates 6pm, First Pitch 7pm Brewfest Round 2! We had such a great time with you guys in July, we decided to do it all again. In addition to our nightly 42 beer taps, enjoy an additional 12 specialty beers from local breweries! You won’t want to miss out on Saturday’s Launch-a-Ball. Every Saturday night you could earn a shot at our $10,000 dollar prize. Launch-A-Ball is fan favorite at the ballpark. Buy a numbered ball for just a buck – at the end of the game we launch at targets for a chance to win cash and prizes including autographed items, season tickets, and the opportunity to take part in our $10,000 toss on August 31st.