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The Royals prepare for severe weather threat

Bill Grady
April 13, 2018 - 4:33 am
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Managers at Kauffman Stadium say they are prepared in case severe weather strikes during the Royals' Friday night matchup with the Angels.

The teams make the call on games if bad weather rolls in, but after the first pitch, the umpires decide of play continues. Severe thunderstorms are possible, with a threat of high winds, large hail and even tornadoes.

If a major storm does occur, a table top plan has already been crafted to move fans into safe areas right away, said Toby Cook, Royals spokesman. Moving thousands of people out of the rain can happen very quickly.

"For a capacity crowd, in 15 to 20 minutes," Cook said. "We've never had to use (the plan) before, and more often than not, if you've got a stormy night, you're not going to have a capacity crowd."

When rain approaches, the grounds crew lines up behind the tarp near first base. About the time the first drop falls, they start rolling it out. Things have to get pretty nasty for the game to be rescheduled.

Some rain delays last more than three hours, Cook said.

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