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Zephyrs close down for season because of Isaac

New Orleans ZephyrsIssues with travel and the lack of power at Zephyr Field led the New Orleans Zephyrs and the Pacific Coast League tp scrap the final series of the year, scheduled for this weekend, against the Iowa Cubs.

“Given the extensive impact of Hurricane Isaac on airline schedules, municipal infrastructure, and the safety and well-being of people across the region, we felt it was important at this time that the PCL allow all of those affected to more importantly focus on local recovery,” said league President Branch Rickey.

The big issue: the lack of power at Zephyr Field. Right now 72 percent of the New Orleans area is without power, and there’s no saying when the electricity would be returned to the Metairie ballpark. In addition, there was some slight damage to the ballpark — downed signs and pads — caused by Hurricane Isaac. Add to that problems with travel — full air service has not been restored, and the team hotel is lacking power as well — and the decision was an easy one.

All in all, the Zephyrs will lose eight home games to Isaac, accounting for a significant chunk of team revenues. An earlier series against Round Rock was shifted to the Dell Diamond because of weather concerns.

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