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Rain Policy

IF IT IS RAINING BEFORE THE GAME...

Please keep in mind that there are many times when it may be raining in some parts of Wilmington and surrounding areas but not at Frawley Stadium.

The decision to postpone a game due to inclement weather is typically made as close to the game's scheduled start time as possible. The Wilmington Blue Rocks Management and grounds crew closely monitor the weather situation all day leading up to the game. Every effort possible will be made to keep the field ready for play. Unless the weather prior to game time is particularly severe or the forecast reveals that inclement weather is inevitable, team officials will plan to play the game as scheduled. Very rarely will games be postponed in the morning or early afternoon.

Please remember that the Blue Rocks and visiting teams play 140 games per season and ALL games must be taken into account when making weather decisions - not just the game you are attending. Every effort will need to be made to play each game on the day it was originally scheduled, regardless of promotions surrounding the game.


There are three different ways you can check on the status of a Blue Rocks game:

1. The Wilmington Blue Rocks Facebook Page
The quickest way to keep up with the status of a particular game is through social media. The Blue Rocks official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wilmingtonbluerocks) will be updated continuously throughout the day with any and all updates regarding weather. As soon as the Blue Rocks know anything, we'll post it. We promise.

2. The Wilmington Blue Rocks Twitter Account

Twitter is equally as quick of a way to get Blue Rocks weather updates as Facebook. Any weather related updates will be posted continuously throughout the day on the Blue Rocks' Twitter Account (twitter.com/WilmBlueRocks). Again, as soon as the Blue Rocks know anything, we'll post it.

3. Check out the Blue Rocks' Web Site
If you do not have access to social media, continue to monitor the Blue Rocks Web Site at www.BlueRocks.com throughout the day. Any information regarding delays or postponements will be displayed prominently on the home page.

The Blue Rocks ask for your patience and encourage you to use the three methods described above to check on the status of the game. If none of the above three methods announce that the game has been delayed or postponed, you may assume that every attempt will be made to play the game as scheduled. Please consider this before you call the Blue Rocks to inquire about delays or postponements.

If the Frawley Stadium gates open but it starts raining before the game begins, the game may start in a rain delay. In this situation, the Public Address Announcer and RocksVision Video Board will keep all fans abreast of weather developments. Additionally, you may continue to monitor the Blue Rocks' Facebook, Twitter and Web Site.

If a game does not start and is rained out, hold onto your tickets as they can be exchanged for tickets to a future game as described in our Rainout Ticket Policy as described below.

IF IT RAINS DURING THE GAME...

If rain begins to fall while a game is in progress, the Carolina League umpires will notify the grounds crew if it is necessary to cover the field to keep the playing surface suitable for play. At this point, the game will enter a rain delay. At this time, Wilmington Blue Rocks officials and Carolina League umpires will pay close attention to the weather situation for the remainder of the day/evening. After a reasonable amount of time, the Carolina League umpires will decide if the weather has improved and is suitable for play or if the game should be declared a rainout.

If the teams have played five innings or more (or if the Blue Rocks are leading after 4 ½ innings of play) and a rainout is declared, the game is considered an official game. In other words, the game is finished, the game has a final score, and play will not continue at a later date. Conversely, if a game is rained out before the teams have played five innings or more (or 4 ½ innings of play if the Blue Rocks are winning), the game is suspended. Hold onto your tickets, as they can be exchanged for tickets to a future game as described below.

RAINOUT TICKET POLICY

If a game is called due to rain or any other factor prior to the completion of an official game (5 innings or 4 ½ innings if the Blue Rocks are winning as described above), fans may exchange their tickets for any Blue Rocks home game played within one year of the rained out date.

If a game is called due to inclement weather or other circumstances after the completion of an official game (5 innings or 4 ½ innings if the Blue Rocks are winning as described above), a game is considered "official." In this case, there will be no ticket exchanges.

RAIN POLICY TERMINOLOGY

Rain Delay

A rain delay is when the game is officially delayed after the scheduled start time. Play will continue later that day at the discretion of team officials and/or the umpires. Tickets cannot be exchanged in the event of a rain delay.

Rainout/Postponement

A game that is rained out or postponed will not be played or finished on its originally scheduled date due to inclement weather. When this happens, the game is usually rescheduled into a doubleheader the next time the two teams meet.

Suspended Game

A game that is suspended due to inclement weather shall be resumed from where it was halted at the next available date the teams are able to play. A suspended game MUST be completed in full before the two teams play any other games against each other. Suspended games are scheduled to be finished the next date the teams play - prior to the originally scheduled game on that date. A game may be suspended if it is (a) tied or (b) the home team trails in the top of the inning in which the game is currently in. If a game is suspended after 5 innings of play, the game is considered official and tickets may not be exchanged.

Canceled Game

In the unlikely event that a game cannot be played due to weather and there are no possible dates for the game to be rescheduled, the game will be canceled.

In the event of a rainout/postponement, suspended game (that is NOT official) or canceled game, your ticket will be good for any regular season home game within one (1) calendar year and may be exchanged at the Frawley Stadium box office for a ticket of equal or lesser value, subject to availability.