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Smoke Delay? NBA Cancels Spurs-Timberwolves Game in Mexico City After Malfunctioning Generator Fills Arena with Smoke (Video)

by: Esteban On  Thursday, December 5, 2013

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I’ve seen sporting events get delayed for all sorts of reasons. Inclement weather is obviously the most common, but technical glitches—like the lights going out—aren’t particularly unusual either.

You know what is unusual? A smoke delay. That’s what the NBA got last night in Mexico. The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves were supposed to play each other in the brand new and reportedly ultra-modern Mexico City Arena, but a malfunctioning generator started filling the arena with smoke while the teams were warming up—before any fans had filed in—and about 45 minutes before the scheduled tipoff at 9:30 PM EST they decided to evacuate the arena.

Fortunately no one was hurt, the area is going to be just fine, and the Spurs and T-Wolves will make the game up some time later in the season. The only people who really lost out are the Mexican basketball fans. They’ll be reimbursed for their tickets, of course, but who knows when they’ll get another chance to watch a regular season NBA game. This was the league’s first such game south of the border since Dallas and Houston played there in December of 1997.

Bummer.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]




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