Thursday, September 3, 2009
Saturday's football game between San Diego State University and UCLA will be played as scheduled at the Rose Bowl, despite earlier concerns about poor air quality due to the Station Fire that has been raging near the stadium for more than a week, UCLA announced today.
The Bruins and Aztecs are set to play in Pasadena at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
"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 Dan Guerrero, UCLA athletic director. "We will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with city officials in Pasadena and the AQMD."
The contest was put in doubt earlier this week by the huge Station Fire, and numerous photographs showed blazing hills above the venerable stadium.
UCLA also announced that Southern California firefighters and their immediate families would be given free tickets for the SDSU game, and another contest Sept. 19 against Kansas State, by showing identification at the Rose Bowl and UCLA ticket offices.