White Sox race to prepare field for Opening Day
From the frozen ground
A snowball sits on the grass in center field at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, two weeks before Opening Day. White Sox head groundskeeper Roger Bossard said his crew removed about 400 tons of snow from the field over the weekend.
Behind home plate
The view from behind home plate at U.S. Cellular Field. Bossard said there's about 30 inches of permafrost beneath the playing surface, and he needs to thaw six to 10 inches of that for the field to be playable on March 31.
Warning track mess
Snow and ice still cover the warning track outside the visitor's dugout at U.S. Cellular Field.
Beneath the tarp
A view of the left side of the infield at U.S. Cellular Field beneath a tarp, under which Bossard is blasting hot air to warm the temperature to about 75 degrees to help speed up the thawing process.
The last bits of snow
Crews remove the final covering of snow and ice down the right field line, which receives the least amount of sunlight in the park.
Green to brown
The outfield grass fades from green to brown at U.S. Cellular Field, the product of wind burn in left field, which saw less snow cover than center and right over the winter.
Bossard is confident he'll have the playing surface at U.S. Cellular Field ready for opening day, though with more below-freezing temperatures in the forceast it's not a guarantee.