Chase Field light issues delay D-backs game on Father’s Day

Jun 18, 2023, 2:27 PM | Updated: 7:40 pm

Third base umpire Brian O'Nora #7 talks with manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks ...

Third base umpire Brian O'Nora #7 talks with manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks after a lighting issue delayed the first inning of the game against the Cleveland Guardians at Chase Field on June 18, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Chase Field experienced lighting outages that delayed Sunday’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Guardians 15 minutes in the first inning.

D-backs star Corbin Carroll was battling in a 3-2 count during the bottom of the frame against RHP Tanner Bibee when the stadium dimmed.

The umpires convened and met with manager Torey Lovullo, while the players exited the field to their respective dugouts.

A stadium announcement came on the scoreboard that stated lighting and audio system issues were causing the delay. Chase Field was packed for Father’s Day baseball.

Most lights stayed on during the situation with the roof closed due to the heat outside. Play resumed when the field was determined to be bright enough after backup generators restored enough power.

The Diamondbacks sent a statement shortly after the outage:

In the bottom of the first inning of today’s game, we experienced a temporary loss of power that affected some lights and sound. We were informed immediately that it was part of a power surge for our downtown power grid. Our facility staff reacted quickly to power backup systems and reset all functions. After a 15-minute delay, systems were restored to adequate levels for play to continue. We have since been notified that all high voltage systems on the grid are operational.

Lovullo called the situation unusual and did not want to play until the field brightened up.

“I just told the umpire, ‘Look, I don’t like the darkness. It needs to get brighter for me,'” Lovullo said. “I don’t want to put anybody in harm’s way. It was trending towards a much more normal brightness. At that point, the umpires felt strongly that everybody could see the baseball.”

The D-backs are nearing the crossroads of whether to invest in improving Chase Field or find another home in the Valley. Chase Field is the fourth oldest park in the National League and the D-backs’ lease is up in 2027.

D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall said multiple times before the regular season began that Chase Field would need infrastructure renovations, new scoreboards, LED lights and audio systems.

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