Colorado vs. Fresno State postponed due to flood emergency in Boulder area
BOULDER, Colo. -- Saturday’s game between Colorado and Fresno State has been postponed, university officials decided Friday morning.
After careful consideration, Colorado chancellor Philip P. DiStefano has decided that the university will not hold a football game Saturday, and that school officials will discuss a possible make-up date for the game.
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“Even though the weather is improving, Boulder is still designated as a national emergency site,” DiStefano said. “Our community is hurting. Many of our students are displaced from their homes, including many of our student-athletes. This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game that would put pressure on the community, both in terms of security/emergency personnel, but also in diverting attention from people in need.”
DiStefano also said that “ensuring the safety of CU affiliates and fans has always been the No. 1 priority.”
Athletic director Rick George said the decision was made with fans’ opinions in mind.
“We feel that this decision is the appropriate one in light of the circumstances,” George said. “Many of our students, alumni and fans have been affected by the events of this week and again, this is the right decision to make in light of those.”
Colorado head coach Mike Macintyre said his players are supportive of the decision.
“Our players have a strong desire to compete, but many of them and many of their friends have personally been affected and I know they support this decision to postpone, as well,” he said. “This is the appropriate decision and we are all 100 percent in agreement.”
The athletic department will be communicating details as soon as possible with tickets holders regarding how they will be able to utilize the tickets for the make-up date.
This is the third game in Colorado history that has been postponed; in 1963, the Colorado-Air Force game in Colorado Springs was delayed two weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; and in 2001, Washington State was set to visit Boulder on Sept. 15 but all college games were called off after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. That game was not made up until the 2003 season.