The American Hockey League postponed Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Grand Rapids Griffins Friday night due to dangerous weather conditions around the Cox Convention Center.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., issued a tornado emergency, meaning a large, dangerous tornado was headed toward a densely populated area. The storm forced evacuations at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City as well as the arena.
The arena was evacuated and all occupants were moved to safety in the parking garage beneath the Cox Convention Center at approximately 6:45 p.m. local time. After nearly 90 minutes, everyone was permitted to return to the building but it was determined that in the best interests of fans, players, officials and staff, the game would not be played as scheduled.
The east side of the arena, the Barons locker room, the east concourse and parts of the east sections all were flooded following a severe thunderstorm, according to the Oklahoman.
Game 4 will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. CT, with Game 5 scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. CT. The Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, lead the Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings' top farm team, 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.