Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Qualcomm Stadium, when multiple uses have to be temporarily suspended

Followup to this audio tweet and this text tweet.

As I noted, the wildfires and emergency shelter plans at Qualcomm Stadium have affected sports, including both the Chargers and the Aztecs. Here's the perspective of a BYU student with San Diego ties:

[Markell] Staffieri, a senior linebacker, was born in Provo but spent his life in San Diego County. He graduated from Torrey Pines High in San Diego, which notifies on its Web site that the school is closed today because of the fires. Staffieri lists Del Mar, Calif., as his hometown, though his family has lived in Rancho Bernardo.

It's unclear if Staffieri will go home anytime soon, if BYU doesn't play a football game there Saturday against San Diego State. BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe has been in contact with Aztecs officials and they've chosen to wait until today to make a definitive plan....

The Mountain West Conference is also part of that decision, and sent out a release stating that it is monitoring the situation.

SDSU, which defeated the Cougars 31-10 two years ago at Qualcomm Stadium, did not practice Monday. A major concern about maintaining the game date is competitive equality, Holmoe said. If the Aztecs can't prepare, odds are good something will be done to rectify the situation.

The San Diego Chargers, who have a little more money, ARE able to prepare:

Massive wildfires that have charred Southern California have forced the San Diego Chargers to move their practices to Arizona as they prepare for Sunday's home game against Houston.

It's still not known if the Chargers will move the site of that game if the fires persist.

The Chargers will practice at the Arizona Cardinals' facility, starting Wednesday. The Cardinals have a bye this weekend.

P.S. Nate Ritter's blog is here. His Twitter account is here. Look for the #sandiegofire tweets.

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