Ice Storm Leaves Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre With Roof Damage

Ice Storm Leaves Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre With Roof Damage

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TORONTO, Ontario (CelebrityAccess) — A baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City at Toronto’s Rogers Centre was postponed on Monday after chunks of ice falling from nearby CN Tower punched a hole in the stadium’s roof.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Andrew Miller, the Blue Jays’ executive vice president of business operations, was standing on the field, inspecting earlier damage when the ice chunks came hurtling through the roof, leaving a hole that’s approximately three by five feet in the PVC roof covering.

“We saw it happen,” Miller told the Tribune. “It was pretty frightening. It was really loud. It sounded like fireworks or some kind of explosion going off.”

The damage comes just a year after the Blue Jays completed a two-year, $10 million mechanical upgrade of the retractable roof. The team is currently considering replacing the stadium’s roof cover, which has been in place since it opened in 1989, the Tribune reported.

Footage posted to social media showed two workers, apparently without any fear of heights, inspecting the damage to the stadium’s roof from above.

The roof damage to the venue may have been a bit of pique from Mother Nature and came just hours after a now-deleted post on the Blue Jays’ official social media boasted about how the stadium’s roof protected the team from weather-related cancellations.

The nearby Air Canada Centre also suffered some damage from ice brought about by the early spring ice storm. Hours before Monday’s NHL playoff game between the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins was due to start, water was leaking into the seating area of the venue. An earlier game between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards on Saturday was also briefly delayed due to a leaking air conditioning unit.

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