Hard rain, flooded tunnels

June 09, 1993|By Milton Kent

The Camden Yards playing field again proved up to the task of remaining playable after a heavy rainfall last night, but the dugouts and concourses weren't quite so lucky.

The downpour, which held up play for nearly two hours, deposited up to five feet of water in the tunnels connecting the clubhouses to the home and visiting dugouts, said Orioles spokesman Rick Vaughn.

Players were forced to use the home-plate tunnel for access to the field, and their bats were stored in the dugouts, rather than in the adjacent tunnels, Vaughn said.

In addition, rainwater from the club level cascaded onto the lower deck and caused backups along the concourse.

Assistant general manager Frank Robinson, who assisted in the planning of the ballpark, said the Oriole Park drains were not designed to handle that much water in such a short time.

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