Nats game suspended after lighting malfunction delay

WASHINGTON — It was one, two, three times the lights went out at the ball game. A lighting malfunction delayed the Washington Nationals’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night before the call was made to suspend the game before 11 p.m.

The power failure was caused by a faulty circuit breaker, a Washington Nationals spokesperson said.

The Nats announced the game will resume Saturday, July 18 at 2:05 p.m. before a regularly scheduled game at 4:05 p.m. or twenty minutes after the conclusion of the first game, whichever is later, the Nationals office released in a statement.

Tickets from Friday night’s game are not valid for either game on Saturday. However, fans with tickets to Friday’s game will be able to exchange them for a future game in 2015, subject to availability.

Fans with tickets for the 4:05 p.m. game are welcome to attend the resumed game at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Officials stopped the game in the middle of the fourth inning after a section of lights went dark.

“The teams have been pulled off the field as a bank of lights in Nationals Park has gone out,” the team’s official Twitter account said. “We are actively working to fix the situation.”

The Nats welcomed back any fans who left the game during the darkness.


Many fans took to social media to plead for the game to resume. But during the downtime, the Nationals’ mascot Screech picked a mock-fight with Dodgers players, and Nats workers threw T-shirts into the crowd, attendees said to NBC 4 Washington.

The New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals’ game was being shown on stadium screens as of 9:30 p.m.

Federal News Network Logo
Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up