"Based on the current and projected information regarding conditions at the Rose Bowl provided to us by the AQMD (Air Quality Management District) and Pasadena city officials, including fire and health personnel, and after consultation with our medical staff, we are confirming that the game will be played as scheduled," said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. "We will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with city officials in Pasadena and the AQMD."
"Based on recent air quality measurements from a monitor stationed at the Rose Bowl this week and expected weather conditions Saturday, it should be game on for UCLA," said Barry Wallerstein, AQMD Executive Officer.
I have been checking the AQMD website obsessively last 2 days. Just a little while ago Pasadena air quality was categorized as "moderate" downgraded from "unhealthy for sensitive groups." The AQI value also dropped from 117 to 99 this am. It was 135 yesterday and in the 300s just couple of days ago.
So we are on. Might as well make this an open thread for everyone to discuss their tailgating and game watching plans.
UPDATE (N): Yesterday on Meriones suggeseted here on BN:
[S]ince it’s the first game of the season anyway, and our academic year hasn’t started, I’m all for giving free admission to firefighters and public safety workers and/or their families, in case the actual employees are still needed to fight the flames or help the victims.
UCLA just posted this update to their official announcement:
UCLA also announced today that it will offer complimentary tickets to all Southern California Firefighters and their immediate families to the UCLA -San Diego State game this Saturday at 4:30 pm at the Rose Bowl and to the UCLA - Kansas State game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 pm at the Rose Bowl.
To receive tickets, firefighters may show their ID at the Rose Bowl ticket office on game day or at the UCLA Ticket Office in advance of the games.
Well done Morgan Center. GO BRUINS.