Blue Jays-Ice Storm,1st Ld-Writethru

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

The CN Tower was closed several hours before the game was postponed, as what the Toronto Star described as "watermelon-sized chunks of ice" fell just outside the nearby Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Police first warned of ice falling from the tower shortly before 10:30 a.m., tweeting that there were plans to close a pedestrian bridge on John St.

A Kansas City sportswriter considers it karma that Monday night's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and visiting Royals was postponed after nasty weather damaged the roof at Rogers Centre. Authorities say no injuries have been reported, but several windows in nearby office buildings were smashed and at least one auto was struck.

The Blue Jays were scheduled to play a weekend series at Cleveland's Progressive Field, but the Saturday and Sunday games were rescheduled due to rain.

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The Blue Jays had crews trying to fix the hole.

The Jays, with CN Tower and Toronto Police, said they were assessing conditions around the stadium, presumably trying to determine whether ice from the tower could conceivably endanger fans making their way into Rogers Centre but also because the falling ice had caused structural damage to the dome.

The Jays moved into the domed stadium, then called SkyDome, in June 1989. Tom Henke got both saves.

Back in 2001, the team had to cancel a home game when the retractable panels failed, which lead to a rip in the roof the stadium. The game was made up later in the month.

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