Play ball again at Quisqueya Ball Park

The Dominican Baseball League (Lidom) announced that the Licey Tigers vs. Escogido Lions game will go as scheduled on 7:30pm on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 at the Quisqueya Ball Park. Games had been suspended at the stadium after on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, a fire destroyed much of the press and radio and TV transmission area (Séptimo Cielo) located atop the stadium. A dozen fire trucks also damaged the playing field.

After the fire, President Danilo Medina had instructed Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo and the Acero Estrella steel works company to immediately begin repairs to the press suit (seventh sky) of the Quisqueya Ball Park that was totaled by a fire on Wednesday, 27 December 2017. The Ministry of Public Works and the steelworks company carried out an assessment of the work to be done. Deputy Minister of Public Works Ramón Pepín said that since 6am on Thursday, 28 December 2017, an assessment team from the Ministry of Public Works was at the site. He said the Ministry would take the necessary steps for ball games to be able to continue at the stadium.

The Ministry of Public Works thus took to the restoration task night and day so the round robin games could continue at the city stadium. Damaged areas were removed so that the stadium could continue to be used. The Ministry of Public Works estimated the damages at RD$20 million.

Staff of the ballpark was also working to condition the playing field that was affected by the invasion of the 15 fire trucks that were on the grounds to fight the fire and prevent it from spreading.

Meanwhile, the games continued as scheduled at the stadiums in San Francisco de Macoris and Santiago. To make up for the lost days, Lidom announced that on 4 and 6 January 2018, there will be two games at the Quisqueya Ball Park, one at 2 pm and the other at 7pm. The round robin was extended two days to 18 January 2018, by when the playoff teams will be decided.

The team standings are now: Licey (3-0), Aguilas (2-1), Escogido (1-2), Gigantes (0-3).

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2 January 2018