North Side power outage delays Cubs game

Flashbulbs go off at Wrigley after the stadium lights went dark in the top of the fourth inning on Wednesday, May 26.

May 26, 2010 8:43:28 PM PDT
A power outage Wednesday night on Chicago's North Side knocked out electricity to a packed Wrigley Field and to businesses and homes in the neighborhood.

The ball park lights were restored thanks to a generator. But businesses and homes in the Wrigleyville area were without power for more than an hour.

The lights went out in the top of the fourth inning at the ballpark where the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers were at bat when darkness fell. The game was delayed for about 15 to 20 minutes. The Cubs used a generator to turn the lights back on.

Com Ed said the power outage was caused by a tree that fell on a power line a couple blocks from the ballpark. The power company said about 1,000 customers were left without power. Crews restored power to the area around 9:45 p.m.

Stadium officials said it was the first power outage at Wrigley Field since the 2003 season.