The start time of Maryland's game against Michigan has been moved to noon on Saturday over concerns stemming from the threat of Hurricane Joaquin, the athletic department announced in a release on Thursday afternoon.
The game had been scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. as part of a national broadcast on BTN and a "Blackout Byrd Stadium" promotion.
“Our foremost priority is the safety and well-being of both teams, fans attending the game and staff,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement.
“Our collective decision in working with the University of Michigan and the Big Ten Conference was to kick off as early as possible because of the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Joaquin. In addition, those participating, working and attending the game would not have to travel in the evening in potentially dangerous conditions.”
BTN had planned to air a live show from outside of Byrd Stadium before the game, but on Wednesday cancelled those plans.
Thursday through this weekend, deep tropical moisture from the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic will be involved in this soaking setup as a front stalls near the East Coast.
Significant impacts are likely in portions of the East, whether Hurricane Joaquin tracks towards the United States or not, due to the large-scale weather pattern taking shape. This will include, flash flooding, river flooding, gusty winds, high surf, beach erosion and some coastal flooding at high tide.
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