With the trumpeting theme song from Jurassic Park blaring and Ozzie the Cougar wielding the scissors, the blue ribbon was cut along the first-base line just before the 6 p.m. start of Thursday's ballgame between the Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs—officially the first-ever game at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren and more than a dozen other local dignitaries from Fifth Third Bank and the Cougars front-office took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Although fans didn't flock to the stadium, they enjoyed the usual, fantastic Cougars amenities, took advantage of the special $5.50 price per seat, dodged the raindrops and saw a terrific baseball game.
The only thing that could have made it better was a Cougars win.
Kane County lost 4-3 to the Cubs affiliate, stranding runners on first and third in the ninth, but leaving the promise of some exciting baseball in the coming days and weeks.
On Friday, the Cougars again host Peoria, this time with a 6:30 p.m. start for "Star Wars Night," when fans can dress in costume for a pre-game parade, and afterward enjoy a Star Wars themed fireworks show at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
... And may the Force be with you.