Rain and lightning struck shortly into the Canada and New Zealand Women’s World Cup match Thursday in Edmonton, sparking a 30-minute delay in the action.
About an hour before the game began at 7 p.m. local time, a heavy storm soared over the stadium, bring heavy rain and lightning, which sent many poncho-clad, umbrella-wielding spectators to the concourse to get out of harm’s way. Yikes!
Storm clouds lingered over the stadium and four minutes after the ball got rolling, referees sent the players off the pitch as rain fell and lightning continued to be a threat.
After the delay, the sun burst from the clouds – along with a rainbow over the 35,000-plus fans in the stadium – and players resumed the 0-0 tie. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw. A bit of a disappointing result for Canada, eh?
— FIFA Women’sWorldCup (@FIFAWWC) June 12, 2015
Oh, here’s that rainbow I mentioned…
— Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) June 12, 2015