Posted December 04, 2013

Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City postponed after smoke fills inside of arena

Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs
Mexico City Arena

Smoke filled the lower bowl of Mexico City Arena on Wednesday. (Christian Palma/AP)

An NBA game in Mexico City between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday after smoke filled the inside of the arena.

The smoke was caused by a generator malfunction outside Mexico City Arena, according to a statement released by the NBA. The smoke hovered above the floor and the lower bowl of the arena, leading to the arena’s evacuation about 45 minutes before tip-off.

The NBA released the following statement:

The National Basketball Association game scheduled for tonight between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed due to a generator malfunction which produced smoke inside Mexico City Arena.

The date for the rescheduled game, which will be played at Target Center in Minneapolis, will be announced at a later time.

The Spurs’ official Twitter account tweeted a photo of the smoke covering the entire floor:

The clouds of smoke also spilled into the Spurs’ locker room, forcing the players to seek refuge on the team bus, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

The Timberwolves TV play-by-play announcer Dave Benz tweeted a video of the smoky haze from his courtside view:

Proving fire brings even adversaries together, Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star-Tribune tweeted a photo of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Wolves coach Rick Adelman walking out of the arena:

The Spurs and Wolves were in Mexico City as part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative, which was supposed to mark the second consecutive season an NBA game was played outside of the United States or Canada. The two teams boast a combined 17 international players, led by San Antonio with a league-high 10.

18 comments
jackgorfin
jackgorfin

I would love to hear Pop's comments about this...........

houndstoothunderwear
houndstoothunderwear

not coming from any spectator group....not related to an israeli driven false flag attack....

WAIT !!! they just turned the house AC system on  and it's still wrapped in factory plastic

you see...down there they just open the windows....

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Not to worry. For Mexico and the rest of the world an NBA or NFL game is no different than a WWF fight. Just a show.

NiraKhurana
NiraKhurana

The arena is a nice place, new one. There should be an investigation. This things happen, remmember there was a black out at a Superbowl at the US.

mwr5053
mwr5053

Moving a regular season game to a nearly Third World venue must have been the "vision" for David Stern. The vision inside that arena is about what my opinion of Mr. Stern has become. Now, will there be riots (in MexCity) when the NBA announces that the game will not be rescheduled at this venue?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

At least nobody was throwing urine. 

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

Looks like a Cheech and Chong movie

eliar3
eliar3

Poorly planned from the beginning...Send your two most ornery coaches to manage a MN "Home" game away in a foreign nation mid-week.  What's really sad is that the arena truly is (well, was) state-of-the-art and a possible home of a future franchise.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

I guess we can forget anymore regular season NBA games being played outside of the US or Canada.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@sportsGuy12 Not really.  The NBA like the NFL is obsessed with dotting the globe with its franchises, even though no one inside or outside of North America wants that.

goldeneyegundam
goldeneyegundam

@HellRaiser @houndstoothunderwear The US hosts thousands of events a year. Mexico got their one chance in a decade to host an NBA game, and they failed. Stop trying to deflect and focus on how much Mexico fails at everything. And, I'm Hispanic btw.