South Florida

With Roof Open, Marlins Opener is Halted by Rain

The Miami Marlins' season opener against the Atlanta Braves was halted for 16 minutes Monday because of rain - a first at 3-year-old Marlins Park, which has a retractable roof.

There was no rain in the forecast, and officials in charge of the roof had it open when the shower hit in the second inning. The roof began closing shortly after the rain started, but it takes about 15 minutes to shut, and as the infield became soaked the umpires stopped play.

Some fans booed. Many others had already sought refuge on the concourse. The roof was closed for 71 of the 81 games at Marlins Park last year, mostly because of South Florida's heat.

Atlanta led 1-0 when the game was halted. Marlins officials had no immediate explanation as to why the rain caught them by surprise.

"Sorry for the delay, folks," the Marlins tweeted on their Marlins Park site. "That's why we have a roof."

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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