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ODU at Charlotte football game moved to Thursday

September 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Conference USA football teams Old Dominion and Charlotte will play at 4 p.m. Thursday in Charlotte because of Hurricane Florence.

The game between Old Dominion (0-2, 0-1) and Charlotte (1-1, 0-0) at Jerry Richardson Stadium was originally scheduled Saturday. Old Dominion’s team arrived in town Tuesday, a conference release said.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked closely with Old Dominion athletics director Wood Selig and the conference office to make this decision,” said Charlotte athletic director Mike Hill. “Our primary goal in playing this game is to ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans, and do so without creating an undue burden on our community and its emergency services.

“We waited as long as possible to finalize a decision because of the hurricane’s fluctuating path. With the significant change in the hurricane’s overnight forecast, our options became clear — move the game to Thursday afternoon, or cancel it. Because ODU had already traveled to Charlotte earlier this week, we are able to play the game on Thursday. The 4 p.m. start allows ODU’s football team to begin its trip back to Virginia ahead of the storm.

“We fully recognize that moving the game date and time inconveniences many of our fans, for which we apologize. However, these are highly unusual circumstances which require uncommon solutions in order to safely complete this football game.“The game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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