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Bakersfield College moves back football game to an 8PM start time

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 18:44:20-04
Bakersfield College sent out a letter Wednesday informing that the football game will be moved to Saturday at 8pm.
"In light of this week's record-breaking temperatures and the National Weather Service's four-day "Extreme Heat Watch" warning beginning this Friday and running through the weekend, we conferred with team physicians, athletic trainers, and our coaching and administrative staff and decided to delay the start of Saturday's home opener in Memorial Stadium to 8pm,"stated by Bakersfield College.
 
The evening start time will allow the bulk of gameday activities to occur after projected peak temperatures have passed, thus reducing the risk of heat-related illness to our student athletes.
 
In addition to altering the schedule, we have rented eight specialized misting fans in an effort to reduce the sideline temperature.
 
We've also organized cooling areas on the each concourse on both sides of Memorial Stadium.
 
This decision was made for the safety of all student athletes, and we regret any inconvenience this may cause in the short term, but we are confident that it is the best decision for the long term health of all involved.