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Blanket of hail, flash flooding create wild scene at Coors Field; delays Rockies-Dodgers game

Hail and flash flood waters filled the dugouts ahead of Thursday's game, which was delayed due to weather.
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Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 29, 2023

DENVER — Mounds of hailstones and flash flooding on the dugout steps created a wild pregame scene late Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, forcing a weather delay.

First pitch was pushed back to 8:30 p.m. MST.

In the hours before first pitch of a game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, a blanket of hail covered the tarp-protected field as heavy rain and severe weather swept through metro Denver and onto the eastern plains.

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Clubhouse attendant Casey Williams, back right, uses a bucket to clear a mixture of water and hail from in front of the Coors Field home dugout doors on June 29, 2023.

The hail accumulation was so significant, a dugout attendant was scene scooping bucket loads of hailstones away from the dugout doorway.

First pitch was delayed just before 6 p.m. as the grounds crew continued the cleanup.

In what couldn’t have been a comfortable experience, Rockies catcher Elias Diaz went sliding across the tarp on the field, clearing a layer of the pea-sized hailstones in the process.

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Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, front, dives onto a hail-covered tarpaulin at Coors Field, Thursday, June 29, 2023.

The rain and hail mixed to create a mess of flash flood waters that gushed down both dugout steps and encroached on the corridors that lead to the locker rooms in the bowels of Coors Field.

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Water and hail flood the entrance to the visitor's dougout as a cloubhouse attendant tries to clean up the mess at Coors Field, Thursday, June 29, 2023.

A section of 20th Street between I-25 and the ballpark was closed down for a period before the game but reopened just after 6 p.m. with one lane of traffic in each direction.

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