PORTLAND – For the third time in franchise history, the Portland Sea Dogs were forced to postpone Opening Day due to snow.

Sea Dogs’ President and General Manager announced postponement of Thursday night’s scheduled opener with the Connecticut Defenders after a foot of snow had fallen at Hadlock Field.

The two teams will try again today, weather and field conditions permitting, at 6 p.m.

No make-up date has been announced. Fans with tickets to that game may exchange them at the Hadlock Field Box Office for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any 2007 Sea Dogs’ home game, subject to availability. As of Thursday morning, there were still seats available for today’s game.

The Sea Dogs still plan to hold the Opening Day festivities, including the handing out of championship rings and banner-raising ceremony, prior to tonight’s game. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch expected at 6:20 p.m.

The last time snow forced postponement of the opener at Hadlock was in 2003, the Sea Dogs’ first year as a Red Sox affiliate. The first seven games of that season (four in Portland, three in New Britain) were postponed after a snowstorm pelted New England.

In 2001, the first three games were postponed due to snow. That was the year a helicopter was brought in to try to dry Hadlock Field in time for the opener.

Fans with questions regarding tickets can contact the Sea Dogs Box Office at 207-879-9500 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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