“Even though the weather is improving, Boulder is still designated as a national emergency site,” CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said Friday.
School officials will discuss a possible make-up date for Saturday’s game. The athletic department will be communicating details with tickets holders on how they will be able to utilize the tickets for the make-up date.
“Our community is hurting. Many of our students are displaced from their homes, including many of our student-athletes, DiStefano said. “This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game that would put pressure on the community, both in terms of security and emergency personnel, but also in diverting attention from people in need.”
Athletic Director Rick George said the decision was made with fans’ opinions in mind, and CU head football coach Mike Macintyre noted the players are also 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,” Macintyre said. “This is the appropriate decision and we are all 100 percent in agreement.”
This is the third game in CU history that has been postponed, according to CU spokesperson David Plati. In 1963, the CU-Air Force game in Colorado Springs was delayed two weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 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.