Opening Day preps in place at snowy, icy Fifth Third Field

A heated dome sits atop Fifth Third Field to help melt snow and ice.

Wicked winter weather has taken its toll on Toledo, and downtown's Fifth Third Field is no exception.

In just over a month, baseball fans will descend upon Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo for Mud Hens opening day. Yet, this record-setting winter has left the baseball field covered with snow and ice.

Turf maintenance personnel with the Mud Hens have come to the rescue, putting in place heaters to begin preparing the field for spring. The diamond is covered by a dome, keeping heat inside to help melt snow and ice.

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Outside, it's well below freezing, but under the dome it's 72-degrees, according to the Mud Hens.

Toledo, the Triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, kicks off its 2014 season at home on April 4 at 4 p.m. against Louisville.