Sunday, August 28, 2011
Updated: August 29, 10:56 AM ET
New York City set for Monday's games
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Tropical storm Irene caused plenty of damage in New York City on Saturday and Sunday, but it appears professional sporting events in the area will be played as scheduled on Monday.
Officials from the New York Mets and New York Giants reported no structural damage to Citi Field and MetLife Stadium, which will each host games on Monday.
The Mets will play the Florida Marlins in a single admission doubleheader in Flushing, Queens, while the Giants will take on the rival New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.
"There was no damage," a Mets spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com. "Citi Field should be ready for play on Monday."
"Stadium is in good shape," said Pat Hanlon, Giants senior vice president of communications.
The Mets were washed out of both of their games with the Atlanta Braves this weekend, despite moving up the start time of Saturday's game. Some of their players were contemplating staying at the ballpark while the storm hit rather than being camped up in hotels, but the Mets said none of their players ended up staying at Citi Field because they found other places to stay.
The Giants and Jets had previously been scheduled to play on Saturday night. They moved kickoff up to 2 p.m. Saturday in order to get the preseason game in before the storm hit New Jersey, but with NJ Transit being halted at noon and warnings across the entire area in effect, they decided to move the game to Monday night at 7 p.m.
Game 1 of the Mets twinbill with Florida is scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m.
The U.S. Tennis Association says the site of the U.S. Open has "minimal damage" and the aim is to begin the Grand Slam tournament on time.
In a posting on the tournament website Sunday, the USTA says workers are preparing the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for a scheduled 11 a.m. start Monday.
The USTA says it is in contact with New York City officials about mass transit, road conditions "and the ability to start the event on Monday."
Officials from the New York Yankees had yet to send word to ESPNNewYork.com about the status of new Yankee Stadium.
There was no damage or delays the in renovation at Madison Square Garden, according to a source, and the "Prudential Center had no damage," said a New Jersey Devils spokesman.
A New Jersey Nets spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com that there was no structural damage to Barclays Center, the team's future Brooklyn home.
"Nor was there damage to any construction equipment," the official added. "There was some water, of course, but that is being pumped out today."
The Nets are slated to begin play at Barclays Center in 2012-13.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.