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Rooftop baseball returns April 1

First United Methodist Church hosts community for TF South game against rival TF North

by Ashlee De Wit

LANSING, Ill. (March 17, 2019) — First United Methodist Church of Lansing invites TF South baseball fans once again to join them for the kickoff of the annual “rooftop” games when the Rebels host rival TF North on April 1.

The church is located directly across the street from the baseball field, and they have a large, flat roof that they make available for spectators at some games, reminiscent of the rooftop seats overlooking Wrigley Field. Indoor views are another option: the church opens up one of its classrooms as a “skybox.”

There is no admission fee. Hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, coffee, and hot chocolate are available for free. Local businesses, Thornton Township, and the booster club all participate in the event, now in its fifth year.

First United Methodist Church is located at 18420 Burnham Avenue in Lansing. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The church address is 18420 Burnham Avenue. The entrance for the rooftop seats is on Greenbay Avenue, on the west side of the church (Door #8). First pitch is scheduled for 4:30pm, and the church will open its doors at 3:30pm.

In case of inclement weather, the alternate date for the game is April 8, when the Rebels host Tinley Park.

Ashlee De Wit
Ashlee De Wit
Ashlee De Wit is a freelance writer and a Lansing native. After starting her career covering high school sports in Iowa, she's excited to be back in her hometown, reporting the stories of her local community — such as the opening of Troost, the informal Lansing pickleball club, a TF South Homecoming game, and Common Ground, Lansing's experiment with healthy race relations.