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Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:24 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 6:49 am

By Matt Snyder

It's cliche to say things like "this is where baseball takes a back seat," but it was really the case in Tuesday evening's White Sox-Rangers game in Texas.

There were reports of severe weather -- including tornadoes -- in the area of the Ballpark at Arlington, and it was enough of a threat that the fans were evacuated from the stands into the tunnels beneath the stadium. They were getting pounded with rain as they emptied the grandstand and headed underneath via the dugouts (click here to see a picture of it, via Evan Grant).

The tunnels under the stadium filled up at one points, as fans were reportedly being sent back up into the lower concourse area before the bad weather passed (Grant on Twitter).

The worst that happened was a pretty solid hailstorm. Unbelievably, after hours and loads of rain and hail, the game continued.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:20 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:33 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:29 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

PHskin1, if you wait until you see a funnel cloud to react, guess is too late. Try doing some homework on tornados before
running your piehole. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:07 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

One in every crowd. Why you, PHskin1?

Never mind the fact that the story says the ballpark was being pounded by rain (and hail up to quarter size nailed my truck 6 miles west of the ballpark). For those who don't know, (or did not see Twister with Hunt and Paxton) hail often comes on the front edge of a tornado.

Some fool halfway across the county is giving a weather report and safety advice? And he has most likely NEVER been in a tornado alert area!

You don't wait until you see the funnel cloud to take cover. You are instructed to take cover when warned. Wait to find shelter and it might be too late to reach cover.

You should get to your shelter first and then look out and video the scene as long as it is safe to do so.

While the fans were being moved to safety, the tornado alert sirens were sounding in several of the cities in the area, including Fort Worth and Arlington.

But some deep thinker feels fans should sit through a hail storm? Let me give you an easy out.

You are not THAT stupid, and I hope no person is that stupid. You just hate the Ballpark in Arlington and it's down the street neighbor, Cowboys Stadium, so much that you wish a tornado would take them both away.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:58 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

Nice wife-beater.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:43 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated


You probably don't know much about weather. But the picture in the article shows what we like to call a "wall cloud" which is basically a cloud that is showing some kind of air ciruculation in the atmosphere that could also spawn a funnel cloud if the air circulation becomes "tighter", which then, could very possibly from a tornado.

I'm sure with weather experts and fans seeing that, who live in Texas, should know what the signs of a possible tornado are since they lead the country in number of tornadoes almost every year more than anybody. 

I'm also sure the Rangers organization wanted to look out for the safety of fans. Therefore, getting them to the safest place possible while there was still just a "wall cloud" in the sky, and not a funnel cloud or tornado, because if either of those two things were present, then it would've been too late to save people.  

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:22 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

The lesson to be learned here is don't settle in North Texas or the midwest in general.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:18 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

Have family living there and they have said its a mess.  To put 10,15, 20 thousand people at risk is assinine.  Put them in tunnels or on lower levels until its safe.  More nasty weather in area.  Its 1 of 162 games.  It will be made up if needed.  If fans need to hang out until it passes so be it but to say we will crank it back up tonight in bottom of 4 in stupid.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:07 am

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

Sorry Rip but it has nothing to do with those horrid connect them is short sighted and irrelevant. Of course they took the recent situations into account, there is no way they would have thought otherwise...the storm simply had no funnel act out like what you are thinking could have hurt more people then helped....Think not react.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:49 pm

Fans at Rangers-White Sox game evacuated

Are you kidding me, just call the freaking game.  Guess Tuscaloosa, Joplin and OKla today are forgotten.

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