A major Big East men's basketball game had to stop being played tonight. The court became "unplayable."
Here's what happened.
Providence was hosting Seton Hall at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. About 27 minutes of basketball was played.
Then, the game had to be stoped. The court was getting incredibly moist and players were slipping all over the place. One Seton Hall played injured himself and didn't return.
Basically, it was an unseasonably warm day in Providence, and there's an ice hockey rink underneath the hardwood. The ice began to melt because of how warm it was. The liquid seeped onto the court.
Here are more details, from app.com:
In a high-stakes contest, the Pirates led Providence 56-47 with 13:15 left in the second half when action was suspended due to a slippery floor. The hardwood, which sits atop an ice-skating rink that overheated due to the unseasonably warm day, caused several players to fall. One of them, Seton Hall wing Desi Rodriguez, suffered a slightly sprained ankle late in the first half.
For safety purposes, officials had to send everyone home. They had no choice, but the shabby conditions cast the Big East, Providence and the Dunkin Donuts Center in a poor light---and created multiple obstacles for the Pirates, who now have an injured player and were forced to mothball a game in which they were close to firing on all cylinders.
The rest of the game has been rescheduled. It'll be played tomorrow, but not at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The contest will resume at noon at Providence’s on-campus gym, the 1,800-seat Alumni Hall.