Fans lined up over an hour early at Brent Brown Ballpark on June 26 to be first in the gates for opening day.

As soon as the gates opened, fathers with their young boys, many families and season ticket holders flocked into the park to find their seats. Fans watched the teams warm up and visited the concession stands before the first pitch.

The Owlz had opened their season on the road five days prior, playing the Idaho Falls Chukars for three games followed by the Ogden Raptors for two games.

With the Owlz mascot, Hootz, greeting fans, the first pitch was thrown out by a young boy who was ecstatic just to be part of opening day festivities. Both the teams’ players and staff were announced, the national anthem was sung and the Owlz took their place on the field.

With the scent of hot dogs, churros and Cracker Jacks in the air, fans immediately got caught up in the great American game of baseball.

There was a lot of cheering, as well as several incidences of booing when the fans didn’t agree with the umpire’s calls. Plenty of voices singing along to “Sweet Caroline” at the top of their lungs marked the seventh-inning stretch.

Boys and men of all ages lined up by the side of the Owlz’s dugout and waited for foul balls to be thrown to them by players. Fans seated behind the outfield wall waited patiently for either team to hit a home run.

Fans stuck it out for all 10 innings to see their Owlz take the game by one run. As fans celebrated the win, the ballpark lights went out and fireworks lit up the sky.

Owlz baseball fans can catch the team in action during their next set of home games beginning on July 8 with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.