The folks who run the Syracuse Chiefs and the city’s department of parks and recreation decided that NBT Bank Stadium was the perfect place for a July Fourth doubleheader.
The 7 p.m. Triple-A game between the Chiefs and Pawtucket Red Sox and following fireworks display drew quite a buzz. By 6:30 p.m. all entrances to the parking lot had a long line of cars.
I’d gone to the box office on Thursday morning and bought box seats for my dear wife Karen and myself. I knew that the game and fireworks would be a popular draw.
The line at the box office and at the gate proved me right.
We saw our friend Julie Cardinali, the Chiefs manager of corporate sales, outside the admission gate, and she told us the game was sold out.
Indeed, as the Chiefs and Red Sox battled to a 2-2 tie through the regulation nine innings, more than 13,000 fans witnessed an exciting game that went into extra innings tied 2-2.
A good look around the stadium provided great natural beauty, too, purple in the sky in left field.
A little later, rain began to fall.
Some people left the stadium when they got wet, but not many.
The Red Sox scored a run in the top of the 10th to win, 3-2. The rain stopped, started, stopped again.
Just moments after the teams left the field came 20 minutes of very fine fireworks.
The air over the green grass was filled with color, booms, ooh’s and ah’s.
It was a very grand finale.
Did you attend a fireworks display on the Fourth, and how did it measure up? Will you go to more fireworks this weekend, and where? What’s the best fireworks you ever saw, and why?