Busted water main cancels Grizzlies game


A water main break canceled Monday’s Grizzlies game. It flooded the corner of H and Inyo across the street from Chukchansi park. A city representative said an old pipe cracked and eventually burst.

The Grizzlies released a statement saying they could not safely host the game, because they didn’t have running water or proper plumbing. 

“We just got here and found out the game had been canceled. So it’s a bummer,” Angela Warkeentin said. 

“We had a big group, 14 of us and then… ‘canceled,'” Elias Michel said. 

The burst pipe flooded the street and created a gaping hole in the pavement. Many ballpark visitors found out the game had been canceled when they arrived at the park.

“I’m disappointed because mostly I was looking forward to having a hotdog and soda and watching the Grizzlies,” Harper Rhames said. He was hoping to watch the game with his grandfather, Dave Colby. 

“(Park employees) just said they weren’t going to sell any tickets tonight because the game was canceled, and you could buy tickets to one of the last few other games. I don’t know if (Harper) can do that though, that’s the problem. I’ll talk to his parents and see,” Colby said. 

Anyone with tickets can exchange them for any remaining regular season, or playoff game at no charge. Stadium crews also made it up to fans by handing out some free swag.

“I think people are pretty understanding they get that this is out of everyone’s control, and we got a free hat which was fun,” Warkeentin said.

Repairs are expected to be completed tomorrow. The game scheduled for 7:05 Tuesday is still on. 

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