Cal football expects to host Friday night game amid air quality concerns

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 13, 2017

Cal football game may be postponed this Friday due to smoky conditions in the area from the multiple wildfires that are now burning in the state. No decision has been made whether to play the game in Berkeley or move the game to Pullman.

Cal coach Justin Wilcox said after the Golden Bears practice Wednesday night that "we're preparing like the game is going to be played on schedule". "There's a level they keep us updated on for what's appropriate work out in and what's not".

The Cal Athletic Department also pointed to the NCAA standard of 200 on the Air Quality Index scale as a benchmark it might use to delay or cancel any sporting events.

NCAA regulations on safe playing conditions state teams should "consider removing sensitive athletes from outdoor practice or competition venues at an AQI over 100".

Cal Athletics confirmed they were monitoring the air quality but that as of Thursday afternoon they expect the game to take place as scheduled.

Berkeley reached an AQI of 187 at some points on Wednesday and most of Oakland and surrounding cities have had an AQI around 150 in the past few days.

In a statement released around 12 p.m. Thursday, the Cal Athletics Department said it is monitoring the situation and that the game is expected to continue as planned. The thing I'd say is these are day-by-day situations given the way the wind's blowing and the impact of smoke. "The highest priority will be on the health and well-being of student-athletes and fans".

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