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Thousands come out for Syracuse Chiefs opening day

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It's time to play ball in Syracuse. The Chiefs welcomed thousands of fans for Opening Day Thursday, and owners hope they keep coming all season long. Our Candace Hopkins shows us the excitement.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The crowds have arrived, the dogs are on the grill, and the scent of fresh cut grass is in the air, all signs that baseball season has finally arrived in Syracuse.

"It's like the first sign of Spring, it's like when the buds come out on the trees and you see the crocuses coming out of the ground, it's wonderful," said Syracuse resident Arthur Wafer.

"Play hookey from work, come out for a day, hopefully they don't see this on tv, and here we are," said Syracuse resident Phil Martino.

Many people skipped out on work or school to welcome baseball back and to check out what the Chiefs' new management has in store this season for the team. They've planned many new promotions, including unique theme nights and giveaways, all in an effort to drum up more interest in coming to the park.

"They're running more promotions this month it seems than they've run all of last year when they had the old management in, so I think it will be great," said Martino.

"Coming here and you see three or four hundred people in the stands it's ehh, so hopefully they fill the place up a bit more, it would be nice," said John Wilder of Liverpool.

"Well it looks like everybodys got a lot happy face on them and a lot more people coming so, and everybody's loud and happy," said Mattydale Resident Carol Pappalardo-Wells.

Other fans come simply for the baseball. They enjoy watching the game and the players that come here to grow their skills.

"You watch them, you hope they make the pros, it's actually really good and interesting to watch a few of the people who have come up through the years and have done well," said Fulton Resident Dave Wolford.

"This team's here to develop players, that's what this team is about, it's all about the experience and having fun," said Tim Perez of Marcellus.

Fun fans of all ages can enjoy all season long.

The Chiefs ended up losing their home opener, falling 4-1 against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

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