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Baseball stadium chills as ice rink in winter

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

During summer, the field at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster is full of grass, dirt and, of course, baseball. But for the next couple of months, you can step on the field in skates.

An outdoor skating rink takes up what is right field in warmer weather. A $150,000 kit takes almost two months to set up.

Project manager Ed Snyder says it's worth it, and why not? He trades in the lawn mower for a Zamboni.

"It's kind of my baby," Snyder said. "It's a little bit of a novelty to work for a baseball team and also drive a Zamboni and take care of the ice."

Mild winter weather, however, gives the front office a chill.

"We've got goose bumps," Senior Director of Marketing Tony DeMarco said. "It's not cold goose bumps, because it's 60 degrees out here."

Despite some melting during the day, there's one saving grace keeping the ice four inches thick: high-tech refrigerant coils can keep the ice rock-hard solid, even when temperatures are in the mid-50's.

The rink is open Thursdays through Sundays until February 12, except on Christmas. The price is $6 on Thursdays and $7 over weekend. Skate rentals are $3.

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