On 4/8/24, a total solar eclipse will pass through cities like Dallas (totality from 1:40-1:44pm CT), Indianapolis (3:06-3:09pm ET), Cleveland (3:13-3:17pm ET), and Buffalo (3:19-3:22pm ET).
Major League Baseball has published its 2024 schedule and it shows that both the
IndiGuardians and Rangers will host games on April 8th. For the Tribe, it will be their home opener, which means it will be an afternoon game.
If either game features a 1pm start time, there will be a total eclipse during play! The skies will slowly dim and then go dark as the moon shines and the ballpark lights come on, giving fans an incredibly unique experience. Maybe the teams will even give away eclipse glasses as the promotional item of the day?
The Rangers park has a retractable roof and they only play a small handful of games under the Texas sun, though it’s typically open during the cooler games in early April and late September and I’d have to imagine it will be open if there’s a 1pm game there.
While the early start time is more likely in Cleveland due to the home opener, it’s also more likely for Cleveland to have clouds and rain (April showers!) that time of year, which may block the show.
Globe Life Field, located in Arlington, near Dallas, will have 200 seconds of totality, while downtown Cleveland’s Progressive Field will feature 229 seconds of totality. From my experience, they are some of the most awesome seconds you’ll ever experience.
But for now, we just have to wait and see what the timing for the games will look like.
I was lucky enough to see the 2017 total eclipse in Missouri and it was truly spectacular!
My in-laws stayed in their Overland Park, Kansas home, where there was 99% of a total eclipse, but the show there wasn’t very impressive. 99% coverage is simply incomparable to the full total eclipse. We had the option of driving to S. Joseph or Boonville, Missouri to watch the eclipse in totality and made a game-time decision to drive to Boonville based on the weather radar. That was a good move as S. Joseph was clouded in and Boonville got a spectacular show.
As the sun was blocked by the moon, the gathered crowd gasped, the crickets came out, the temperature plummeted, and everyone took off their eclipse glasses for several minutes to watch a true wonder as the moon fully blocked the sun.
If you find yourself near totality, such as in Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, or Toronto, you simply must get yourself to where you can view the eclipse in totality.
But even if you’re a flight away, I’d highly recommend considering it as seeing a total eclipse should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience.
In 2017, flights, hotels, and car rentals to areas within driving range of the eclipse sold out, so be sure to book those well in advance.
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Will you travel to see next year’s total eclipse?
HT: Aaron S. Evenchik, Esq.