Thursday, 16 August, 2018

CN Tower, surrounding buildings closed due to concerns about falling ice

Ice, rain storms leave thousands without power in Ontario, Quebec Freezing rain, snow, ice pellets and more rain: Ontario ice storm leaves thousands in the dark
Ella Tate | 20 April, 2018, 01:52

The Toronto Blue Jays heard those complaints, and made a decision to capitalize on them by sending out a snarky tweet bragging about Monday's game being "played as expected" since the roof at Rogers Centre would protect the field from the weather.

Of course, the Blue Jays were roasted on Twitter shortly after the news broke that their roof was leaking snow and water onto their turf field.

Two of Toronto's past three games at Cleveland were postponed due to weather and the Jays returned to their home stadium figuring the roof would serve as protection from the brutal spring storm. The Blue Jays (10-5) played for the first time since Friday after having three straight games postponed for the first time in franchise history. It led to a scary moment on the Royals team bus, and it has been particularly troublesome for Rogers Centre.

Toronto hands the ball to Jaime Garcia against visiting Kansas City for his third start of 2018.

The weather has wreaked havoc on the Major League Baseball season with an absurd number of games postponed including six games on Sunday alone.

The natural doubleheader begins at 3:07 p.m. ET, with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first, according to the team.

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It was the first time that a game was postponed at the Rogers Centre in 17 years.

The Blue Jays mustered seven hits and three free passes with Aledmys Diaz going 2-4 with a homer, three RBI's and two runs while Teoscar Hernandez was 2-5 with a pair of RBI's.

Police blocked access to entrance gates on the east side of the stadium, next to the tower, because "relatively large" pieces of ice were falling onto streets and sidewalks below. Reliever Blaine Boyer reportedly grabbed the wheel to help the driver bring the bus to a stop after being sprayed with flying glass.

Photographers in Toronto captured the scene Monday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. Devon Travis's RBI single tied the game 3-3 and Steve Pearce drove in Maile for the go-ahead run. Saturday's National Basketball Association playoff game at the same arena between the Raptors and Washington Wizards was delayed by a leak along the baseline.

The falling ice was a result of the weekend ice storm, which blanketed parts of southern Ontario with freezing rain and ice pellets.

Provincial power utility Hydro One said its crews were working to reconnect more than 76,000 customers, while Toronto Hydro said the number of customers in the dark had shrunk to 10,000 from about 40,000.

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