Monday, June 13, 2005

Outdoor Baseball Game To Be Played At Night, But Not Under Stars

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – “The Land of the Midnight Sun” is becoming the “Land of the Midnight Baseball.”

On June 21, the Goldpanners in Fairbanks, Alaska, will face off against the Omaha, Nebraska, Strike Zone in the 100th Annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game in Fairbanks, Alaska – with the first pitch being tossed at 10:30 pm.

The 100th game will be played just like all the others: Without lights. Thanks to the summer solstice, Alaska gets 24 hours of daylight at this time of year.

Goldpanners general manager Don Dennis says artificial lighting has never been used during the game nor has a game been canceled because of darkness in its century-long history.

Dennis says this year’s game is expected to end around 2 a.m. and will attract more than 4,000 fans.

Although many spectators will be sleep-deprived, Dennis says they still will be hooting and hollering because “it’s summer, and they’ll be energized because of that.”

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