Cal Football has announced that the game is planning to go on as planned as of 3:30PM. They sill still be monitoring the quality of the air all the way through game time. Here is the official release.
After consultation with the Chancellor's Office, our medical staff, the Pac-12 and Washington State as well as receiving data and forecasts from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, as of 3:30 p.m. tonight's Cal-Washington State football remains as scheduled. We will continue to monitor air quality levels through game time.
Throughout the entirety of this week, the Air Quality Index (AQI) has not exceeded the standard as determined by the NCAA Sports Science Institute and NCAA guidelines to delay or cancel competition.
Statement from Cal Athletics (Oct. 12, 2017, 12 noon):We are continuing to closely monitor the air quality in Berkeley before Friday's football game against Washington State, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m., and are in communication with the Pac-12, Washington State and air quality experts as we determine the best course of action. We are working through a unique situation, and the health and safety of our student-athletes, fans, coaches and all those who work home football games is of utmost concern. As of the time of this release, we do not anticipate any changes to our scheduled game with Washington State. The NCAA Sport Science Institute provides parameters for activities when air quality is poor, and we are using the recommendations as a guideline. The NCAA uses a sustained Air Quality Index (AQI) of 200 or above as a threshold to delay or cancel competition. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the AQI for the Berkeley area was 155 (see: airnow.gov). AQI numbers from smoke are highly dependent on wind direction and can change rapidly. While prior data doesn't predict the future, over the past few days, the AQI has tended to decline into the evening hours and fell into the 80s (moderate level) by 7 p.m. Wednesday. We will continue to observe the AQI data and will provide further updates as more information becomes available. We will also follow these guidelines for other sports that have competitions scheduled in Berkeley.
On the other hand, band The National was scheduled to perform this weekend at the Greek Theater but has now cancelled their shows and is looking to reschedule. All the while honoring the tickets for the shows from this weekend.
Berkeley update. https://t.co/sy31vYFcEQ pic.twitter.com/iFHugwA88x— The National (@TheNational) October 13, 2017
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