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Arena evacuated after fire, Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City postponed

Dec 4, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT


UPDATE 9:46 p.m.: The NBA later issued an official release detailing the postponement:

“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 cause of the smoke was a generator that malfunctioned and caught fire.

9:27 p.m.: The Spurs and the Timberwolves were set to play a game in Mexico City on Wednesday as part of the NBA’s Global Games schedule, but an apparent fire has caused smoke to fill the arena, and the building has been evacuated.

The conditions look pretty unsafe for an athletic competition to take place, and while the league is going to delay things as much as possible to try to avoid a cancellation, there might not be another option if the firs can’t be contained and/or the arena can’t be cleared of its smoke-filled environment.

The reporters on the ground have been doing an excellent job of providing updates; here’s a sampling of what’s been going on.

The NBA released a statement that only says the contest is delayed for now, and reads as follows:

“The start of tonight’s game in Mexico City between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs has been delayed due to a generator malfunction which has produced smoke inside the Mexico City Arena. Updates will be provided as appropriate.”

  1. normanbrennen - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Game is cancelled per Flip Saunders

  2. shanelsweet - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Sucks to be a Mexican. Maybe they busted a cartel? Anybody know why they don’t follow the lead of the USA? Legalizing the growing of weed for export for taxation would pump a lot of money into their economy. Anybody know why they don’t just legalize the export of weed? I’m betting it a money making issue for the rich folks.

    • RavenzGunnerz - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      It’s Goodell man… Roger Goodell is now sabotaging NBA games. smh.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      sheet like this is funny, like we don’t know why they played in Mexico City, I’m glad this
      happened and to think Stern was willing to play the game with ALL the TOXIC air in the
      building, really nice guy, really cares for the players who generate the money.

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    What a joke. They steal a home game from the wolves (counts as a home game for the wolves) and can’t even put out a fire. Last time I looked SA was a lot closer to Mexico.

    • dondada10 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      But the game is being rescheduled for Minneapolis.

  4. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Bring it home. We season ticket holders deserve 41 games…

  5. weaselpuppy - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Note to Stern- No games in 3rd world countries. #letsgoplayinBotswananextiftheypayusenoughmoney

  6. legend30 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    This is very suspicious… Mexico…

  7. monkeyhateclean - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    This is right up there with Minny’s “greatest hits”; First, their bridge collapses, then their humpty-dome roof collapses, and now this.

    What an embarrassing city for pro athletes to play. At least its cold there 6 months out of the year, so they have that going for them!!!

  8. jacobk621 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Who burnt the tacos !!!!!

  9. slickdemetrius - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Global games schedule? Well when do they arrive in Canada because the “Eh-talkers” would love to see NBA caliber basketball again since the Grizzlies left.

    • RavenzGunnerz - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      You got the Raptors…

      • slickdemetrius - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        That was a joke, as are the Raptors. I said “NBA caliber”, that should have tipped you off. And I have the Lakers. Oh well….

  10. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    You guys should see the uproar on sites like FanDuel. My god, its like the world is ending because they played Tim Duncan in their lineup and might loose the $2 they spent. I lost $15 tonight , and I’m not even going to try to email their customer support. Hell, at this point I’d spend another $1,000 to buy them all a drink if I could. At least 20 people have “called their lawyers” and are “suing for non-refund” yet the site hasn’t even announced its plans to refund or not yet, or if the game will resume when it is rescheduled.

  11. allday420ap - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I blame the media blamers, not to mention the mehikans

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM


  12. sfsugator - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Mexico is good for two things, tequila and tacos keep it that way

  13. 12is3times4 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Fittingly enough, this occurred 42 years to the day of the Frank Zappa concert fire in Switzerland that inspired Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”. (Cue the classic guitar riff from that song.)

  14. philtration - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I have not seen that much Mexican generated smoke in one room since I was a teenager down in the basement.

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