“This makes it easier for us to manage that.”
The change will bring the park's capacity for RedHawks games to around 8,900. Officially, the ballpark holds 13,066.
The sections will not be open for any RedHawks games, including Opening Day on April 15 or July 4.
Last season, the RedHawks had two crowds that would've been too big to accommodate the new seating format.
On June 10, a Thursday, they drew 11,128 against Albuquerque. On July 27, a Tuesday, against Round Rock, they attracted 9,192. The Fourth of July game also would've likely topped the mark but was rained out.
Tarping off seating sections isn't unheard of in professional sports. Mandalay Properties has done something similar in Scranton, Pa., where the Yankees' Triple-A team plays.
The Oakland A's, Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida Panthers have used tarps to cover sections of seating.
In the Pacific Coast League, Omaha tarped sections at Rosenblatt Stadium during Royals games. The upper bowl was often curtained off when the Blazers hockey team played at Oklahoma City Arena.
The RedHawks' tarp will feature advertisements.
The new LED board in left field is being manufactured by Daktronics and will be in place in time for the March 29 exhibition game vs. the Astros.
“With the weather changing this week, it definitely reinforces that it's coming here soon,” Byrnes said.