GARY | The RailCats were contacted by American Association officials during the afternoon for notification that the league's curfew rule would be waived on Wednesday.
Both the American Association and the Can-Am League have a rule that neither a game nor an inning can be started after midnight. Because Wednesday was the final day of a three-game home stand against the Quebec Capitales, a Can-Am League team, the league opted to waive the rule.
"I think a lot of fans were more likely to stay home tonight, avoiding the weather," RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. "It's not a policy that I like if two teams have a mutual off day, which we both do, Quebec has an off day before playing Winnipeg, and we have an off day before we go to Fargo.
"That's not an option and with this being the last time we'll see Quebec, it's important from a league standpoint, from a professional standpoint, that everyone plays the hundred games if at all possible. This is an oddity, because if we were playing an interdivision club, for instance Kansas City, if both teams couldn't get in that last game, but here, you're impacting two leagues' schedules, and two teams with one less game in. I think everybody is going to do everything they can to do our best to get it in."
As a precaution, fans were huddled under the concourse overhangs well before the originally scheduled 7:10 first pitch.
The RailCats opened The Diamond Club in right field for fans to take shelter and watch Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but none opted to partake. By the second period, the game was being broadcast on the stadium's sound system.
Both leagues have a policy of not allowing games to be made up on off days.
"You have two teams traveling up north, so it works perfect," Tagert said. "(But) if we get rained out with Sioux Falls, what are the odds that Sioux Falls has an off day aligned with us and the travel. That's why I believe it's in place, to prevent a situation for a team that would have to travel for one game, plus we have bus travel."