We hope that every time you come to Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, the weather will be as beautiful as pictured above. However, the weather can change quickly and here's some information to help you understand our weather policy.
If it is raining before the game...
The Cedar Rapids Kernels have every intention of playing each game, even when the weather forecast may be calling for rain. The playing surface at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium features a state-of-the-art drainage system in the outfield and an oversized tarp to cover the infield dirt. This combination allows the Kernels a great chance to play ball regardless of the amount of rain that might fall prior to a game. The Kernels grounds crew will be hard at work to maintain and prepare the field for each and every game. A decision to play, suspend, or cancel often will NOT be made prior to the scheduled start time of any game, and a game's start time will more likely be delayed before an official decision is made. This is done to allow for additional time to evaluate the weather forecast for the Cedar Rapids area.
There is NO SET TIME for the cancellation of a game due to weather. Each weather situation is different and includes unique variables and circumstances. Anytime weather is an issue, we weigh factors that include the amount of rain the field has already absorbed and future forecasts, including likelihood of future rain, possible rain duration, and the severity of additional weather. The decision to cancel a game due to weather is made with these, and many other, factors in mind. The most important factor we consider is the safety of our fans and the players. When weather is an issue we make decisions that are in the best interest of the majority of those with tickets. We understand that each fan with a ticket to a game also has unique circumstances. Weather, good or not, is a factor to consider with an outdoor entertainment option, such as Kernels baseball.
Please keep in mind weather forecasts in our area (TV and radio) are intended to cover an area of well over 100 square miles. We utilize multiple sources, including a professional weather service and radar, to pinpoint the weather at our specific location in Cedar Rapids and give us forecasts specific to our location. It may very well be raining at your house, but be sunny with blue skies at the ballpark.
If the game is called before the scheduled first pitch, the decision will be immediately posted on the website and Kernels social media pages and will promptly be disseminated to local news outlets.
If it begins to rain during the game...
If it begins to rain during the game, the Kernels grounds crew will quickly cover the infield with a large tarp when directed to by the umpires. At that time, game officials will work with local weather outlets to ascertain the immediate weather outlook. If game officials feel that the inclement weather will pass, a rain delay is put into affect. If game officials feel that the inclement weather will not pass in a reasonable amount of time, an official rainout is announced.
Rainout Ticket Policy
In the event 5 innings of a game are not completed, except when the home team is in the lead at the end of 4-1/2 innings, your ticket will be good for any regular season game later in the season and may be exchanged at the Kernels Ticket Office for a ticket of equal or lesser value subject to availability.
Note: If a game is called due to inclement weather or other circumstances after five innings have been played, a game is considered officially completed.
Rain Policy Terminology
A game that is under a rain delay is in an official delay but will resume play later that day. Tickets cannot be exchanged in the event of a rain delay.
A game that is rained out or postponed will not be played that day due to inclement weather. In the event of a rainout or postponement, your ticket will be good for any regular season game later in the season and may be exchanged at the Kernels Ticket Office for a ticket of equal or lesser value subject to availability.
A game in which five innings are not completed before being postponed will be suspended and picked up at the point of suspension on the following day or the next day the Kernels play that team again. If the Kernels do not play that team again, the game will not be completed. Fans, however, will be able to use their tickets from that game for any subsequent regular season Kernels' game.
The following games have been rained out/suspended in 2018: April 8, April 14, April 15, August 15.
If you have tickets from one of these dates, those tickets are now rain checks which may be exchanged for another regular season game, based upon availability.