CHARGERS WELCOME TO PLAY; SD HIGH SCHOOLS AREN’T: San Diego’s mayor says the Chargers’ home field will be ready for them on Sunday. Now it’s up to the team if they want to play there:
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE reports that Mayor Jerry Sanders has said Qualcomm Stadium will be available for the Chargers’ contest against the Houston Texans. “It’s their decision to play in San Diego or not.”The team and the NFL have yet to make a decision on the future of the game. Texans coach Gary Kubiak has said he was told that the game would happen in San Diego, but on Monday night.
The stadium has been used as an evacuation center for area folks fleeing the wildfires around the region. However, Sanders said that Qualcomm will be closed to evacuees by Friday.
At one point, over 10,000 people sought shelter at the stadium, but now only 400 remain.Even with calming winds helping firefighters fight the blazes, many other athletic events in San Diego have been canceled. San Diego State’s football game against BYU was postponed until December.
And now all high school sports events in the region have been called off, from football to cross country. San Diego Section Commissioner Dennis Ackerman says the contests will not be made up.
43 gridiron games were scheduled this weekend, including may homecoming contests. But considering the situation, most students and fans just want their homecoming to be to a house that’s still standing.*UPDATE*: Chargers will play on Sunday as scheduled.