Fires Delay SDSU-BYU Game

Moved from Saturday to Dec.1 amidst concerns for displaced residents and public health
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 12:24 AM CDT
Fires Delay SDSU-BYU Game
San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, home to the NFL's Chargers, serves as a shelter thousands of people who were evacuated due to wildfires from numerous communities in San Diego County, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – With refugees from the wild fires sweeping through the San Diego area taking shelter in Qualcomm Stadium, officials have postponed this weekend's college football matchup of Brigham Young and San Diego State universities. The decision was also motivated by concern for air quality and fan safety, leading to the postponement of all other SDSU athletic competitions.

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"There is a far greater priority than sporting events in the San Diego area at this time," said WAC commissioner Craig Thompson, adding that "the focus should be on emergency response and resources, and getting the community back on its feet." SDSU Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel shares that opinion, saying: "It wouldn't be right if we displaced even one evacuee for a game." (Read more San Diego stories.)

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