Frankie Ferrari (left) and Jamaree Bouyea (1) high five University of San Francisco head men's basketball coach Kyle Smith on their way off the court during the first half of a game on Nov. 12, 2018, against Sonoma State at War Memorial Gym. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

University of San Francisco Dons men’s and women’s basketball Sunday games moved to Monterey

With the air quality index in theSan Francisco Bay Area continuing to hover between very unhealthy and hazardous, the University of San Francisco has moved its two scheduled Sunday home games to clearer skies.

On Thursday evening, Dons men’s basketball team postponed a Friday-night Pac-12 Networks game against Arizona State — a return date from last season — and no replacement date has been scheduled. On Friday — about half an hour before the ASU game’s original tip time — USF moved both the men and women over 100 miles to the south for Sunday’s scheduled games.

Sunday’s women’s basketball game against Cal Poly and the men’s basketball game against LIU Brooklyn — both previously scheduled to be played in War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center — will be moved to Cal State Monterey Bay, with the women tipping off at 2:00 p.m. and then men slated for a 5:00 p.m. start time. The new venue is 110 miles south-south east of War Memorial Gym. As of the time of the announcement, Monterey has an air quality index of 54.

As of Friday at 2:00 p.m., San Francisco’s AQI has reached the “Very Unhealthy” category, peaking at 271. Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has said that readings are likely to get worse moving forward.

The air quality index in San Francisco has topped 200 for the last three days, worsening as the Camp fire — already the most deadly wildfire in the history of the state — continues to rage in Butte County, over 160 miles to the north east of the City.

“After monitoring the Air Quality Index forecasts in San Francisco for the next 48 hours we have decided to move our Sunday doubleheader game to Cal State Monterey Bay, where the AQI projects to be much lower on Sunday,” Director of Athletics, Scot Sidwell, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those facing the tragedy and catastrophic loss that is unfolding throughout many California communities due to the wildfires.  We are thankful to the many people in the Bay Area that are focused on the safety of our community. We will look forward to playing our games on Sunday as scheduled thanks to the great people at Cal State Monterey Bay.”

Sunday’s games against the Cal Poly and LIU Brooklyn will be non-ticketed.  Refunds for Sunday’s game or credit toward a future game are available by contacting Dons Ticket Central.

The men’s and women’s basketball games are two of several sporting events all over the Bay Area that have been postponed or cancelled. The Big Game between Cal and Stanford — slated for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. — will now be played on Dec. 1 at noon. Local high school football games have been postponed multiple times, with Central Coast Section teams Serra, St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral playing in Salinas on Saturday.

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