(HUNTSVILLE) - Hoping for at least 50 volunteers, Huntsville Stars' general manager was pleasantly surprised as over 100 fans showed up for Operation Clean Sweep.
Volunteers, some of them regulars at the ballpark, some who were just curious, were rewarded in exchange for their help with tickets for an April 4 game against Mississippi and free hot dogs and drinks, courtesy of the club's contracted concessionaire.
Fans were spread inside and outside the stadium, sweeping, raking, painting, and cleaning the ballpark, front, back, and side, in advance of their April 3 opener. Many got to meet the Stars' new GM at the same time, as well as other staff workers.
Rogers remarked, "We had to go to the bullpen and get some help out here, but the Tennessee Valley showed up in full force and really helped restore some pride in 'The Joe.'"
The work's not completely done. The Stars staff will be working at full tilt for the next couple weeks until the opener, a week from this Thursday.
"The staff will be cleaning and painting at 'The Joe' next Saturday, and all fans are invited to come out and help then too. Volunteers will be rewarded just as today's volunteers will be, and are encouraged to bring paint brushes."