East Coast Earthquake Shakes Up Area Sporting Events.

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Robert J. Romano

An earthquake measuring 5.9 hit the East Coast and was felt at sports venues throughout the region. The Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, site of the New Haven Open, was evacuated during the third game of a match between Jelena Jankovic and Elena Vesnina.

The pressbox at Progressive Field was shaking for at least a minute during the bottom of the third inning of a Mariners-Indians game and at Lincoln Financial Field, “the locker room floor shuddered and the long white light fixtures hanging from the ceiling swayed violently.”

From The Barclays PGA Tour event in New Jersey, Zach Johnson wrote, “Well. Just went through my first earthquake. Gotta believe it wasn’t a big one here in NJ. But, it freaked me out.”

At Citizens Bank Park, site of tonight’s Mets-Phillies game, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb wrote, “Citizens Bank Park was evacuated. No one allowed in. But the Mets are still inside. Really.”

The Washington Times’ Amanda Comak reported, “Nats Park was evacuated following earthquake but everyone back inside now. Principal owner Mark Lerner said scoreboard was shaking.”

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