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Rain Falls in Bank One Ballpark

July 8, 1999

PHOENIX (AP) _ The roof was closed, but that didn’t stop the rain from falling in Bank One Ballpark for the second time in its young history, sending fans scurrying for higher ground in some of the choicer seats Wednesday night.

The roof on the $354 million structure couldn’t hold back the water from a fierce thunderstorm that blew through downtown Phoenix, Diamondbacks president Richard Dozer said.

``We knew this was a possibility,″ Dozer said. ``But we didn’t think it would happen very often. It had to becoming in real hard directly from the north or south.″

The rain began about the time the game began but only last into the second inning.

Last year, rain fell on fans because of leaks in the retractable roof. This time, the water made its way indoors because of the roof’s design, Dozer said.

There is a gap of a foot or two between the roof and the walls of the ballpark on the north and south side. The heavy wind blew the rain sideways through the gap and down on the fans in a sheet of water a few feet deep, Dozer said.

Tom Maxwell was watching the game with his girlfriend and her daughter when the water came down. His legs were drenched as he laughed about it.

``I couldn’t believe it. I thought that’s why there was a dome,″ he said. ``I was the only one who sat there. Everybody else took off, but I’m a diehard. I wanted to watch the game.″

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