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Owlz move home games to Ogden after LOVELOUD Festival damages field

By Neil K. Warner daily Herald - | Aug 30, 2017

A sellout crowd of more than 17,000 fans packed Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem on Saturday night to attend the LOVELOUD Music Festival, but the successful turnout didn’t come without a cost.

When the Orem Owlz started to get the field ready to play their game against Ogden on Wednesday night, the organization determined the field was unplayable due to damage from the concert. As a result, Orem’s home games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been moved to Ogden.

“We had our grounds crew and the grounds crew from the (Salt Lake) Bees look at the field and it was deemed unplayable,” said Orem General Manager Rick Berry. “There are some ruts in the field where there was a forklift moving heavy equipment.

“Player safety is our top concern. We need to make sure the field is 100 percent safe for our players.”

The LOVELOUD festival featured Imagine Dragons. It was a charity benefit concert organized by Dan Reynolds, who is the lead singer for Imagine Dragons. The festival focused on the LGBTQ community and raising awareness against teen suicide.

Fans who purchased tickets for the Ogden series can use those for the games at Ogden or Orem will honor those tickets for a future game.

The Owlz will be home again on Tuesday when they take on Idaho Falls for a three-game series.

“We’ve got new sod coming in today,” Berry said. “I have total faith in our grounds crew that the field will be ready for our next home game.”

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