While the AL West leading Los Angeles Angels were opening up a key weekend series against the second place Oakland A's at O.co Coliseum, people stationed at their home ballpark, Angel Stadium in Anaheim, were dealing with issues that have unfortunately become customary in Oakland.
According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, a three-inch pipe broke at around 2 a.m. on Friday, leading to flooding and extensive water damage throughout the ballpark. Due to the incident and the subsequent clean up efforts, Angel Stadium tours were canceled and the ballpark's team store was forced to close on Friday, but spokesman Tim Mead says the team hopes they'll be able to resume normal business on Saturday.
Mead said an upper-level pipe burst at about 2 a.m. and sprayed water for about 15 to 20 minutes before it could be shut off. The water flowed down to all levels of the ballpark and got as deep as 2-1/2 feet in one bathroom, he said.
He said the affected areas included the team store, clubhouse, elevators, offices, and the suites of owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
It's not the same type of the mess the A's typically deal with in terms of sewage backup in the clubhouse area, but it's sounds like it will prove very costly for the Angels.
According to the Orange County Register, in addition to the team store, the damaged areas include the dugout suites, clubhouse lobby and laundry area, Halo Club, owner and general managers’ suites, broadcast level, Platinum suites’ hallway, the press dining room, the Homeplate Club and two of the elevators on all levels.
"It's significant," Mead said. "It's not like it's $15,000."
In February, it was reported the Angels and the city of Anaheim were in stalemate over a proposed lease extension that would see the Angels pay an estimated $150 million towards upgrading the ballpark's aging infrastructure, which would obviously include the pipes. Little movement has been made since then, but perhaps this incident will inject some urgency into the matter.
Angels Stadium opened in 1966 and is currently the fourth oldest ballpark in MLB, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium.
As it stands now, the city of Anaheim owns the ballpark, but the Angels are responsible for maintenance. The only help they're receiving from the city are a few carpet driers that were delivered to the ballpark on Friday. The Angels won't play at home again until Monday when they host the Miami Marlins. By then they will have had three days to clean up, which sounds like it will prove sufficient.
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