Rutgers-Temple game moved to Saturday due to flooding
Thursday night’s scheduled season opener between Rutgers and Temple has been moved to Saturday because of deadly flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ida.
Time for Saturday’s game in Piscataway, N.J., has not been announced. Rutgers sold more than 50,000 tickets for the scheduled game.
The storm, which slammed the Gulf Coast on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, moved north Wednesday and dumped more than 6 1/2 inches of rain in the Rutgers community.
“I said all summer that we went through a lot last year and that has prepared us for anything,” Temple coach Rod Carey said in a statement. “My thoughts are with those families who have lost their homes due to this storm. Delaying our football game for 48 hours is not as devastating as their situations.”
Some parts of New Jersey received up to 10 inches of rain over just a few hours on Wednesday, and at least nine people died. The National Weather Service also suspects three tornadoes hit the state.
The Rutgers Police Department issued an alert Thursday morning that said Route 18, which leads to the stadium, was closed in both directions. Before the game was canceled, officials in Piscataway Township pleaded with fans to stay home.
“While Piscataway is a strong supporter of Rutgers University and fervent fans of Rutgers Football, if the Rutgers-Temple football game is still going to take place this evening, the Township is calling on the University to do so without fans,” officials said in a statement. “Township infrastructure is overwhelmed by the damage of Hurricane Ida and evacuations are still taking place this morning. Most importantly, search and rescue operations are ongoing. Piscataway Public Works and our first responders worked through the night to help residents and significant work continues today. Roadways in the Township cannot handle an influx of tens of thousands of people coming to the football game.”
–Field Level Media