Indians-Twins Play with Backup Generators in Puerto Rico as Island-Wide Blackout Continues
The second game of a two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins has gone on as planned despite the island-wide blackout, thanks to backup generators at the stadium.
Puerto Rico has been hit by several major power outages since a Category 4 hurricane struck the island in September, but Wednesday's outage was the first to affect the entire island.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted that the blackout would not impact the game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
"All emergency systems have been tested in the Hiram Bithorn," she tweeted. "The blackout does not stop the game. Tonight is played at Bithorn."
John Blakeman, the director of operations for the Puerto Rico Series, said Wednesday's game "will not be affected."
"This has not taken us by surprise," Blakeman told ESPN. "We are fully prepared. Every area of Hiram Bithorn Stadium can run on generators that have a capacity to run for 48 hours. The main building runs on two generators, one of 400 kilowatts and another one of 200 for a total of 600 kilowatts. Each light tower operates with independent generators of 200 kilowatts. The game will not be affected at all."
Arian Florido, a reporter for NPR, tweeted:
Jonathan Adkins, a producer at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, noted that most businesses and hotels remain operational thanks to generators.
Many Twitter users criticized the decision to allow the game to continue, complaining that the generators could have been used to help families affected by the blackout.