As the wildfires continue throughout California, poor air quality is a major concern for sporting events in the area. It could impact Saturday's rivalry game between Cal and Stanford.
The Golden Bears and Cardinal are both playing for bowl eligibility, and share one of the most heated rivalries in the Pac-12.
The two sides are set to meet in Berkeley for a 7:30 p.m. ET kick. However, if air quality decreases due to the smoke generated by the fires, the game could be at risk of postponement.
Cal announced that the air quality is being monitored by the school and the Pac-12 ahead of the game vs. Stanford.
From the school's release:
With smoke from the wildfires in Butte County affecting air quality in the Bay Area, Cal Athletics is monitoring the situation closely, including reviewing data provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and staying in regular communication with officials from Pac-12.
Using the Air Quality Index (AQI) as a guide, Cal and its sports medicine staff are following guidelines established by the NCAA Sports Science Institute and the Pac-12 Health and Well Being Board to determine whether to continue planned competitions and practices.
The AQI can fluctuate as conditions change, and if it reaches levels where physical exertion is considered dangerous, we will take appropriate measures, including postponing or cancelling events, if necessary.
Cal Athletics has been following AQI levels since the wildfires started last week. As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, we have not seen AQI numbers that require postponement of Saturday's Big Game. We will continue to monitor and will provide updates through the scheduled kickoff.
We hope that everyone in the area, especially those especially sensitive to smoke inhalation, stay safe.