Battle On The Midway Moved To Sunday Amid Weather Concerns On Flight Deck
The Syracuse-San Diego State Battle on the Midway, which will take place on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, “won’t be played Friday night, with a wet, windy storm bearing down on San Diego,” according to Mark Zeigler of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The men's basketball game instead will be played on Sunday at 1:00pm PT. SDSU coach Steve Fisher said, “The purpose of the game is to play it on the Midway. The only reason we’re moving it from Friday to Sunday is to guarantee that we can play it on the Midway.” Since the game’s inception last spring, the "rain plan had always been the former San Diego Sports Arena four miles away.” As the dire weather forecasts increased, "organizers considered activating the Nov. 9 date they reserved at the 14,000-seat arena in the city’s Midway District.” Then a “third option emerged.” SDSU by the end of the day yesterday had “rescheduled the San Diego Christian game from Sunday night to Tuesday at 7.” Syracuse, which “doesn’t play again until Nov. 18, also changed its arrival from Wednesday to Friday.” Perhaps the “largest moving part, though, was television.” FS San Diego “already helped bail out the game when it was on the brink of cancellation last month, assuming an undisclosed financial stake in the event.” Now it had to “agree to a new broadcast window three days before the scheduled tipoff.” The consensus was Sunday at 1:00pm PT, which “certainly isn’t ideal, bumping up against ... the NFL.” But the Chargers and Bills both play games that "will be finished (or nearly finished) at tipoff” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/7). Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, “The whole purpose of this game was to play on the ship. I want to do everything we can to play the game on the ship” (Syracuse POST-STANDARD, 11/7).