BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The countdown to the home opener is on. The Orioles take the field at Camden Yards this Friday.

Jessica Kartalija explains how grounds crews are getting the field ready for game time.

The field looks incredible, but it hasn’t been easy. All this beautiful weather has meant making adjustments on the field.

There’s still plenty to be done at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Grounds crews work around the clock making sure the grass at Camden Yards is perfect.

Under the leadership of head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry, crews make sure everything you see on the field is flawless.

“We still have to put down our Opening Day logo,” Sherry said. “We have to make sure the grass is ready to go, the patterns are in.”

This year–all eyes will be on Sherry’s hard work as Camden Yard celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The three acres of dark green Kentucky bluegrass has never looked better, but an exceptionally warm winter also created a challenge when it came to keeping that grass looking good.

“I was a little worried going into the winter that the grass wasn’t going to go dormant like it has in the past,” Sherry said. “They finally started taking off, and everything should be set.  But I was a little nervous.”

While Sherry makes sure the field is ready, crews are working overtime to complete renovations that will improve the fan experience: a new rooftop deck in center field, new statues for the team’s Hall of Famers and a new brewpub along Eutaw Street bearing the name of 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey.

Will the Orioles open this season with a victory? WJZ is your place for complete Opening Day coverage this Friday. Our special live coverage of the Orioles and the Twins begins at 2 p.m. right here on WJZ-13.


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