San Diego Padres-Colorado Rockies weather delay: Live updates from Coors Field

The opening game of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres has entered a weather delay at Coors Field
Members of the Coors Field grounds crew pull a tarp onto the field
Members of the Coors Field grounds crew pull a tarp onto the field / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER — The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies have officially entered a weather delay at Coors Field before the opener of a three-game series between the National League West rivals on Monday night.

San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies enter weather delay at Coors Field

NOTE: The information below is for Monday's game. However, the tarp is back on the field before Tuesday's game as well. If the game enters a delay, we will begin a new thread for it with the latest information pertinent to Tuesday below.

At roughly 5:40 p.m. Mountain time (an hour before first pitch), Coors Field ground personnel put the tarp on the field and, about two minutes later, the public address announcer had the crowd clear the upper stands because of lightning in the area around the stadium.

Monday had been sunny until around 4 p.m., when clouds began to move into the Denver area. At the time of the delay announcement, the sky was overcast but no rain was coming down.

When the game does begin, Seth Lugo (4-5, 3.62 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Padres while Colorado will counter with Austin Gomber (8-8, 5.83 ERA). The left-hander is the only member of the Colorado rotation from the Opening Day lineup (when the Rockies beat the Padres at Petco Park) to have made all of his starts this season. He and Kyle Freeland are the only two pitchers who are still active from that five-man rotation, with Freeland scheduled to take on the Padres on Wednesday after just coming off the injured list with a shoulder injury.

Jurickson Profar is scheduled to lead off for the Rockies. Profar, who played with San Diego last season, exchanged hugs with Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and other Padres players before the game, as did Profar's son, who took the pregame field.

We are live inside the Coors Field press box and will provide information below as it becomes available. Please refresh this page to ensure you are getting the latest information. All times listed below are in Mountain time.

5:48 p.m. — Still no rain falling at Coors Field, but the tarp is on the field.

5:50 p.m. — Game time is TBA as announced here in the Coors Field press box.

5:54 p.m. — Rain has begun to fall at Coors Field.

5:57 p.m. — They are showing the radar on the Jumbotron ... and it looks like the rain is really coming with a lot of red and yellow on the map.

6:02 p.m. — Rain continues to fall and most of the fans in attendance have taken shelter in the concourse.

6:06 p.m. — Based on the forecast, we could be here for a while. Padres and Rockies are scheduled to play tomorrow and Wednesday as well, the last times in Denver this season.

6:11 p.m. — Light rain continues to fall, with more expected. No update on start time.

6:20 p.m. — Flash of lightning just went across the sky. Rain has almost stopped but lightning hasn't.

6:23 p.m. — Fans are starting to come back into the lower seating area, but still dark skies overhead.

6:25 p.m. — Rockies haven't broken into their rain delay music set yet (where is Prince's Purple Rain? Come on!) but people are taking their seats. No update on game time.

6:34 p.m. — Another rumble of thunder and no movement on the tarp.

6:39 p.m. — Rain has started to intensify.

6:44 p.m. — Skies have gotten darker here at Coors Field, and rain continues to fall. No update at this time.

6:51 p.m. — Purple Rain is now playing. Life is good. And yes, the rain is falling.

6:55 p.m. — A bolt of lightning just drew some oohs and ahs from the crowd.

6:57 p.m. — Light rain is falling still. No movement on the tarp and no update on a start time.

7 p.m. — Wind has started to pick up. Flags are pointing to the north with the strong south wind. Lightning still around as well as "It's Raining Men" begins over the loudspeakers.

7:06 p.m. — "Ridin the Storm Out" is now playing. Fitting for the fans who are still siting in the stands. No update yet.

7:09 p.m. — Big bolt of lightning and rumble of thunder. People still milling around not knowing if or when the game will begin.

7:12 p.m. — Rain coming down harder, along with thunder.

7:17 p.m. — As "Umbrella" from Rihanna plays, a big bolt of lightning is seen beyond center field.

7:21 p.m. — No update here. We are 41 minutes past original start time.

7:29 p.m. — Having many people DM and ask for updates. If we have one, we will list it on here. Otherwise, we're going to keep giving you a feel for what we see here in Denver.

7:34 p.m. — Lightning in the area we're being told. No movement or updates yet but that will slow down any potential start time.

7:39 p.m. — It's truly amazing how many people are just sitting in the seats without any kind of update or hope the game is starting soon. Spoiler alert: There's no sign we are playing any time soon.

7:43 p.m. — Also amazing is the number of Padres City Connect uniforms in the house at the moment. Umbrellas have come back out in the seating bowl as rain continues to come down, a little harder now.

7:48 p.m. — Adele has now set fire to the rain. I don't know what else we can do.

7:50 p.m. — Lightning is putting on quite a show. That's not good when you're trying to start a baseball game at a mile high.

7:56 p.m. — Now 76 minutes past the original start time and no movement on tarp or announcement on any potential start time or cancellation.

8 p.m. — "Riders on the Storm" is playing. Rain is coming down. This is the update from downtown Denver. Things could be worse though. This video is about 40 minutes south of Coors Field.

8:05 p.m. — Rain is coming down harder. People are being patient in the stands but we still have no firm updates.

8:10 p.m. — First pitch is scheduled for 9 p.m. local time.

8:13 p.m. — Looks like they're serious about the start time. Grounds crew has started the process of getting the tarp off the field.

8:21 p.m. — Progressing toward that 9 p.m. (Mountain) start time. Thanks for following along with us. If you need some rain delay reading, check some of the links below.