Fire causes lights to go out at Wrigley Field

By Associated Press
Published: 5/27/2010  9:46 AM
Last Modified: 5/27/2010  9:46 AM

CHICAGO — A nearby fire caused the lights to go out at Wrigley Field and the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cubs to be delayed 18 minutes Wednesday night.

A bank of lights behind home plate went out as Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny released a 3-1 pitch to Blake DeWitt in the fourth inning.

Home plate umpire Wally Bell called the pitch a ball and granted DeWitt first base on the walk. As Dewitt was jogging down the first-base line, the rest of the stadium lights went out.

The Dodgers led 5-2 at the time.

The outage was caused by an electrical fire a few blocks away from Wrigley Field.

The Fire Department and Commenwealth Edison had to shut down to the power grid.

During the shutdown, the Cubs transferred from their primary electrical service to their secondary service for Wrigley Field. The transfer didn’t happen automatically, which resulted in the stadium lights going out.

As camera flashed at the dark field, the public address announcer told the fans that it will take 15 minutes for the lights to come back on.

The game was halted at 8:25 p.m. and resumed at 8:43. It was the first delay because of power failure at Wrigley since 2003. The Cubs had two games delayed due to power failures that year.

On May 6, 2003 a power outage in the Lakeview area hit Wrigley in the ninth inning of the Cubs’ 9-6 loss to the Brewers. The game was delayed for about 15 minutes.

On June 24, the Cubs-Brewers game was stopped for 16 minutes
by an outage in the first inning.

By Associated Press

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