Padres insider details Thursday’s game’s unique delay

Smoke billows over downtown Pittsburgh prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on June 29, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Air pollution from the Canadian wildfires that have affected the East Coast is far from over.

In contrast, it is causing excruciating delays at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Today’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres will not start on time.

Padres insider Kevin Acee, who covers every move the team takes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, explained the situation.

“It appears that today’s Padres-Pirates game will not start on time. The air here is terrible due to the smoke from the Canadian fires,” he said in an initial tweet.

After this, he told that “the national anthem was completed about five minutes ago in PNC Park. The crowd was informed of the bus delay. The AQI is 197. It is ‘unhealthy’.

According to, the AQI (air quality index) in Pittsburgh is considered “unhealthy” at this time.

From 0 to 50, it falls in the “good” range and does not cause any potential harm to people.

From 51 to 100, it is “moderate”, from 101 to 150 the air is considered an “unhealthy to sensitive group”, and from 151 to 200, it is “unhealthy”.

The definition of that classification is the following: “Some members of the general public may experience health effects; Members of vulnerable groups may experience more serious health effects.”

This is definitely not the place you want to be playing a baseball game.

An AQI of 197 is also dangerously close to the next classification, from 201 to 300, and is considered “very unhealthy”.

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