Sacramento is home to a lot of things. The famous Tower Bridge, the State Capitol and Friday night the first outdoor venue for a hockey game in California. But as day turned to night it became apparent that when you play hockey outdoors sometimes mother nature has the final say.
As rain started to come down two hours before the official start time, thousands of fans packed into a dry concourse to wait out the weather while a few brave souls ventured to their seats. But when the zamboni went out to clear the ice and didn't leave a noticiable mark it was clear that the game would be called.
The news was especially hard for the dozens of Condors fans who made the four-hour quest and had been looking forward to the game for weeks. “Really since it was announced," said MacArthur Shield. "How often do you get an outdoor game in California?”
Others made the best of the salty conditions. Richard Gammel also made the drive up from Bakersfield but said he would have no trouble making the rescheduled game Saturday. “We have a place to stay for the night so we’ll be here tomorrow ready to rock.”
As the stadium cleared out fans were left with their say at history just not the kind they planned for. It is thought to be the first rained out hockey game in the history of the American Hockey League.
The game has been rescheduled for 4:30PM Saturday December 19. Tickets from Friday's rainout will still be valid Saturday.
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