The D.C. United-Columbus Crew game was delayed about 50 minutes due to a fire in one of the stadium’s scoreboards. According to a Tweet sent out by the Columbus Crew’s account, the fire started around 7:17 p.m.
We are aware of the issues with our scoreboard, and are awaiting assistance from the Columbus Fire Dept. More details to follow. #Crew96— Columbus Crew (@ColumbusCrew) April 27, 2013
The scoreboard stands above the stadium, luckily well away from spectators. The Columbus Fire Department arrived soon after.
Columbus Fire Dept is on the scene and is extinguishing the fire as we speak. We will have more details shortly. #Crew96— Columbus Crew (@ColumbusCrew) April 27, 2013
The fire was eventually contained about an hour after it had broken out.
The fire has been extinguished by the Columbus Fire Dept. and the south portion of the stadium has cleared for safety. #Crew96— Columbus Crew (@ColumbusCrew) April 28, 2013
Players eventually returned to the field to resume warm ups and the game was played without further interruption.
According to a statement released by Columbus, the fire took place in the speaker cabinet of the scoreboard. There were no reported injuries.
The exact cause of the fire is not yet known.