The big game between California and Stanford set to Saturday in Berkeley has been relocated for December 1 due to…
The big game between California and Stanford set to Saturday in Berkeley has been relocated for December 1 due to poor air quality in northern California caused by fires.
“We’ve accurately tracked the air quality in Berkeley and Bay Area over the past week, relying on the best data and guidance available to us from medical and environmental experts,” said Cal Athletic Director Jim Knowlton in a statement. “The forecasts we’ve had a minimal chance of the improvement needed to hold the game on Saturday. “
The air quality index reading near Berkeley has swung well over 200 for over 24 hours, a level where” serious consideration should be given to relocating the business or moving the indoors, “according to the NCAA.
” Long-term exposure and heavy effort “at that level says NCAA” should be avoided. “
CAL’s initial plan was to wait until Saturday before deciding the game’s fate, he said in a statement , but as a forecast from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District showed that conditions were unlikely to improve, the decision was taken Friday.
Cal and Stanford have been eliminated from battle in Pac-1
2 North, so they will be able to play 1 December the day after the conference championship is played in nearby Santa Clara.
San Jose State, located approximately 50 miles south of Berkeley, is scheduled to move on to Saturday’s home game against Nevada, but it will play the game at noon local time two hours earlier than previously planned.
“Air quality readings vary greatly across the Bay Area, and daytime rates have been more beneficial in San Jose than in surrounding areas, subject to recommended NCAA guidelines,” a statement from the Mountain West Conference.
Saturday’s FCS game between Sacramento State and UC Davis have been moved from Davis to Reno, where it will be played at the Nevada Mackay Stadium.