Roof expected to be open for opener
MIAMI — With ideal weather in the forecast for Monday night, the roof at Marlins Park is expected to be open.
The temperature, according to weather.com, is scheduled to be 73 degrees when the game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET. More importantly, there is zero chance of rain.
Since the elements don’t promise to be in the way, the team has already determined the roof will be open. Obviously, if the conditions change, and some unexpected rain is on the horizon close to the first pitch, the roof could close. But as for now, that isn’t considered likely.
So when Jose Fernandez takes the mound, there will be fresh air and no air conditioning at Marlins Park.
The gates open at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino will toss out the ceremonial first pitch.
As part of the pregame ceremony, the team will recognize Henderson Alvarez’s no-hitter on the final day of the 2013 season.
This will be the third season the Marlins are playing at Marlins Park, their retractable-roof building that seats 36,000.
Marino, of course, played at the old Orange Bowl in his early years with the Dolphins. Marlins Park stands on the Orange Bowl grounds.
The Marlins vs. Rockies will air on ESPN2.
– Joe Frisaro