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Outage Delays Mets-Braves Game

June 26, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) _ The opener of a three-game series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was delayed tonight when an electrical problem knocked out a section of lights at Turner Field.

Braves president Stan Kasten wasn’t sure how long the delay would last.

``We do think it’s fixable. We’re working on fixing it,″ he said shortly before the scheduled 7:40 p.m. EDT start of the game between the top two teams in the NL East. ``We’ll stay here until we get it fixed.″

The problem apparently occurred about 6 p.m., affecting a section of lights that hover above the upper deck along the right-field line. Power remained on for the rest of the 49,000-seat stadium as a sellout crowd gathered to see if the Braves, leading the division by three games, could hold off the streaking Mets.

An announcement was made to the crowd about five minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch. There was little reaction as fans sat patiently in their seats or milled about the concourse beyond the center-field scoreboard.

``We just can’t play a game,″ Kasten joked. ``Everything else is working fine.″

It was the first time in nearly six years that a Braves home game was delayed for reasons other than inclement weather. On July 18, 1993, a press box fire at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium delayed the start of a game for almost two hours.

On June 4 this season, a problem with lights on the left-field side of Kauffman Stadium caused a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals to be postponed.

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