DETROIT – Last year, Opening Day was sweltering in Detroit -- which probably has something to do with it being held in July because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, Opening Day is unfolding on time, but with much colder temperatures in addition to new health and safety restrictions.
Despite the frigid cold this Thursday, Opening Day temperatures have been steadily rising over the last few decades due to global warming.
Since 1970, Opening Day temps have increased by an average 3.3 degrees -- a statistically significant upward trend.
See the trend in the video above.
Opening Day in Detroit will look much different this year compared to other years due to the pandemic. In addition to a limited number of ticket holders being welcomed into Comerica Park, there will also be no large crowds or crowded bars and restaurants.
“Opening Day is always a holiday here in Michigan,” said Brass Rail Bar manager Kevin Weathers. “We have everything 6 feet apart. Our tables are 6 feet apart. We have a high capacity here, we can utilize our upstairs. We also have a bar next door, we can utilize.”
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