When the rains starts falling at Camden Yards, it's...

STOPWATCH: ROLLING OUT THE TARP

May 12, 1994

When the rains starts falling at Camden Yards, it's showtime for the Orioles grounds crew. Rolling out the stadium tarpulin - preferably, before the playing field is soaked - is one the the crew's most important jobs. The tarp job can be handled by as few as seven workers or, for the fastest results, as many as 25.

If the tarp is dry, they can roll it out in 90 seconds to two minutes To roll it back, if it's dry 5 minutes; if it's wet at least 10 minutes.

The tarp dimensions are 175 feet by 175 feet. It weighs a ton. It's a vinyl-coated nylon fabric.

They can roll out with as few as seven people. To do it in 90 seconds to two minutes they need 25 people.

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