The University of California will treat tonight’s game against No. 8 Washington State as a lightning delay if air quality gets too bad to play, according to a report by ESPN.
This means the 7:30 p.m. game will not be rescheduled, reported ESPN’s Molly McGrath citing Pac-12 sources. Players would be cleared from the field until conditioned improve as is customary during stormy weather, ESPN reported. “It could be a late night,” McGrath said.
Reporting from Memorial Stadium, McGrath said ash was falling from the sky.
Cal issued a statement Thursday stating that it was monitoring the air quality and planned to play the game as scheduled. The NCAA uses a sustained Air Quality Index of 200 or higher as the threshold for delaying or canceling games, according to the statement. At 2 p.m. on Friday the AQI was 177 according to airnow.gov.
Each conference can make its own rules. The Pac-12 does not have a rule. The Mountain West Conference recommends not playing when the AQI exceeds 150.
The predicted AQI high in Beijing over the next 24 hours is 158.