TORONTO — Monday night’s Major League Baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals has been postponed because of damage to the roof at Rogers Centre.
It’s the first time a game has been postponed at the domed stadium since a Jays-Royals contest was deferred April 12, 2001.
Chunks of ice crashing down from the CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain forced the closure of the Toronto landmark and poked a hole in the Rogers Centre roof in the area of right field.
Police had blocked off the area directly under the CN Tower and the east side of the Rogers Centre because of the “relatively large” blocks of ice tumbling down onto the streets and sidewalks below.
“Fortunately there’s been no injuries reported,” said Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook.
The Blue Jays had crews trying to repair the hole. Around 5:30 p.m. the decision was made to postpone the game. The Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals will play a single-admission doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon starting at 3:08 p.m.
The Jays moved into the domed stadium, then called SkyDome, in June 1989. The last doubleheader played in Toronto was Monday, July 17, 1989 against the California Angels. Although played at SkyDome, it was a makeup for a May 7 game rained out at Exhibition Stadium.
David Wells got both wins in relief, pitching 4 2/3 innings combined. Tom Henke got both saves.
The Blue Jays had a game postponed on April 12, 2001 when a mechanical test caused damage to one of the roof panels. The game was made up later in the month.