Blackout at Candlestick and 5 Other Strange Stadium Delays in Recent Memory

Alex Giobbi@@alexgiobbiAnalyst IDecember 22, 2011

Blackout at Candlestick and 5 Other Strange Stadium Delays in Recent Memory

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    Monday night football got even more interesting when, during the 49ers-Steelers game, a transformer blew, engulfing Candlestick Park in total blackness...twice. 

    The first time was before the game even started, and then the second time was during the second quarter. Fortunately, the problem was temporary, and power was restored just in time to complete the game.

    Candlestick's power outage isn't the first time that something other than rain has caused a game delay. Here are five other delays that should be considered for strangest delay. 

Animals Invade the Field

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    It is quite often that animals find themselves on the sports fields that major league teams play on. Whether cats, squirrels, owls (you heard me right, owls) bats or rats—you name it—invade, hilarity often follows. 

    A few notable examples include:

    The Rally Squirrel at Busch Stadium during the St. Louis Cardinals World Series run. The little bugger scurrying across home plate led to the adoption of the vermin as the team's playoff mascot. 

    The cat at Citi Field during its first game. The little ginger tabby scampered all the way from Left Field to the club seats, where it jumped in front of former New York Governor David Paterson before disappearing into the seats.

    The bat that flew in the AT&T Center during a San Antonio Spurs game. Manu Ginobili swatted it with his hand, and the poor beast died instantly. 

    Randy Johnson hitting the dove that fluttered across home plate during spring training. We can obviously assume that the 95-plus MPH fastball knocked the life out of the featherbrain.

    And so on and so forth...

Burning Food Empties Arena

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    Remember those fire drills when you were in school? Well, anyone who went to see the Phoenix Coyotes play the St. Louis Blues during a game in 2003 were treated to such, and the blame was placed on a burning pizza.

    Lights flashed and the familiar "Attention, Attention" announcement played over and over, inter dispersed with a whooping alarm. 

    Glendale Arena had just opened that year, and this was before the Coyotes had a winning season. Needless to say, there were plenty of fans at that game, although attendance seemed to decline after that. 

Oh My God, They Killed Sidney! You Bastards!

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    The zamboni at Mellon Arena sprung a leak in the hydraulic fluid reservoir, flooding the ice with red hydraulic fluid that almost looked like blood.

    Of course, this caused a considerable delay on the ice, as the old zamboni was taken off and the ice was cleaned manually.

    People at this game joked that the zamboni ran over a (then) healthy Sidney Crosby, killing him. Being a Capitals fan, I find this completely hilarious.  

Pedro and the Sprinklers

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    In Pedro Martinez's first and only good season as a Met, during a May game in 2005 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the sprinkler system went off at Shea Stadium, covering the field in water and drenching the Mets pitcher and his teammates. 

    Pedro made light of the situation, goofing around in the sprinklers, and ended up winning the game. Talk about crazy.  

When the Roof Is a Problem

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    Candlestick Park isn't the only stadium with stadium issues; in fact, over the past few years, there have been a couple of stadiums that have had problems which caused games to be postponed or even moved to different venues.

    For example:

    The Metrodome roof collapse last year due to heavy snow forced the Minnesota Vikings to temporarily relocate to Ford Field in Detroit, then TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.

    The roofs at Stade Olympique and the XL Center, in Montreal and Hartford, also received snow damage as well. 

    Hurricane Katrina tore part of the roof off of the Superdome, forcing the New Orleans Saints to play part of their home schedule in Baton Rouge and the other part in San Antonio. 

    A crane that was carrying a very heavy section of Miller Park's roof buckled and collapsed, killing three people and postponing the opening of the stadium until 2001.

    And with that, we have five.