The end of Hurricane Ida hammered New York on Wednesday night, flooding streets, the BQE, parks, and homes. The subway flooded and was shut down, stranding people all over the five boroughs. And yet, some people tried to carry on, despite the obvious danger.
The New York Post reports that the U.S. Open tennis championship was trying to carry on through the storm up in Flushing Meadows, but it had to be canceled when it started to rain on the players. Inside.
The match was between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman at Louis Armstrong Stadium and they were in the middle of their second-round singles when water started coming through the retractable roof. Video of the event shows just how extreme it got:
People were opening up umbrellas in the upper levels:
The court was briefly closed so workers could try to dry everything up, but it didn’t really work. The match eventually moved stadiums, going to Arthur Ashe, and didn’t finish until one a.m. It started at 7:30 p.m.
You’d have to be a super fan to travel from one stadium to another in this weather:
Especially because it was followed by this situation getting home:
The U.S. Open managed to keep to its schedule, but at what cost? Maybe it’s time to invest in infrastructure over retractable stadium roofs.