College football season opener 'in doubt' due to Tropical Storm Ida
Several college football teams get underway Thursday night for Week 1 action.
In fact, there are 16 college football games scheduled for September 2; however, one of those games is in serious jeopardy after Tropical Storm Ida flooded the Northeast.
The Rutgers’ season opener against Temple is “in doubt” due to the tropical storm, according to NJ.com. Sadly, for the first time in a long time, Rutgers announced that the game is sold out, and now, the game may not even happen.
While Rutgers officials had yet to issue official word of the game’s status as of 8 a.m., multiple Rutgers officials told NJ Advance Media there was growing concern about whether the roads leading into the stadium would be passable enough for fans to attend.
Kickoff is still set for 6:30 p.m. ET at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. However, Piscataway Township released a statement Thursday that called to keep fans away from the stadium.
“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,’’ the statement said. “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 especially with the closure of Landing Lane Bridge.’’
According to the report, the biggest concern for Rutgers is the nearby Raritan River, which is already at flood levels.