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A blanket of hail and flash floods create a wild scene in Coors Field

A blanket of hail and flash floods create a wild scene in Coors Field

DENVER — Piles of hailstones and flash flooding on the dugout steps created a wild scene before play began late Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, delaying the weather.

In the hours leading up to Game 1 between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, a layer of hail blanketed the tarpaulin-protected field as severe weather swept through metro Denver.

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Club attendant Casey Williams, rear right, uses a bucket to scoop a mixture of water and hail from in front of the Coors Field home dugout doors on June 29, 2023.

The buildup of hail was so significant, one dugout worker was a sight to shovel bucket loads of hailstones away from the entrance to the dugout.

The first show was delayed just before 6pm as the grounds crew continued the cleanup.

In what could not have been a comforting experience, Rocky catcher Elias Diaz slid across the field’s tarp, knocking off a layer of small hailstones in the process.

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Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, front, dives into a tarpaulin covered in hail at Coors Field, Thursday, June 29, 2023.

A torrential torrent of water ran down both of the dugout steps and encroached on the corridor leading to the locker rooms.

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Water and hail flood the entrance to a visitor’s wort as a cloubhouse worker tries to clean up the mess at Coors Field, Thursday, June 29, 2023.

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