Dangerous driving conditions and worsening weather left the ACC no choice but to postpone today’s UNC-NC State game for Sunday.
UNC and NC State were set to face off Saturday, but the game has now been rescheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. E.T. after the governor of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency due to worsening weather conditions.
The weather forecasts for this evening indicate sub-freezing temperatures that will create dangerous driving conditions.
UNC AD Bubba Cuningham had this to say, per UNC’s official website:
“Considering the travel conditions we are not comfortable with the idea that thousands of people, from the players, coaches and officials to fans of both teams and the hundreds of people that staff the Smith Center for the game, would be leaving the arena tonight after 10 p.m.,” says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “Everyone attending the game on Sunday will still need to use extreme caution in getting to and from the game, but we think there is a huge difference between driving in the daylight as opposed to this evening, when conditions are expected to be treacherous.
NC State put out this statement about the game.
— Fred Demarest (@Fred_Demarest) January 7, 2017
So, conditions will still probably be less than ideal on Sunday, but they’ll at least be significantly safer than tonight’s conditions. At any rate, tickets for today’s game will be honored on Sunday, and the doors to the Smith Center will open at 11:30 a.m. E.T.
ESPN will broadcast the game at 1:00 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.