Severe storm concerns cause ballfield evacuations

UPDATE: The evacuation ended at Beard and Medlar fields at roughly 5:30 p.m. and fans were able to re-enter the ballparks shortly after that time. The games will resume as soon as the fields are ready.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lightning and concerns over severe storms moving through the area have caused the evacuation of Beard Field and Medlar Field on Penn State's University Park campus. The state softball and baseball championship games were scheduled to be played on those fields this afternoon (June 13).

Fans are being asked to shelter in cars or nearby buildings until the storm passes.

The National Weather Service reports a band of thunderstorms moving eastward through State College bringing heavy downpours, gusty winds between 35 and 45 mph, lightning and possible hail.

The fields were evacuated just before 4:45 p.m. Medlar field, site of the baseball championship game, had about 1,500 to 2,000 fans in attendance at the time of the evacuation. Beard Field, site of the softball championship game, was standing room only, with an estimated attendance of 1,500.

Last Updated June 13, 2014