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Citadel News Service

For Release
Aug. 31, 2004

Parade and Saturday's football game postponed

           Friday's military dress parade has been canceled and Saturday's football home opener against Charleston Southern University has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Frances.

           Late Tuesday afternoon, Citadel administrators made the decision to cancel all of this weekend's home athletic competitions, including two women's soccer matches in the Costco Soccer Classic, based on uncertain storm projections, the size and severity of the hurricane and the time it takes to prepare the campus for severe weather and possible evacuation.

           "Given the circumstances, it was decided that this is the appropriate decision to make to ensure the safety and security of everyone at The Citadel," said Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of the college.

           Many hours before an evacuation becomes necessary, The Citadel must begin work to secure properties on and off campus, including Johnson Hagood Stadium and the temporary bleachers and press boxes, and to collect rifles issued to cadets at the start of the school year. Waiting until the storm is a day or two from landfall does not provide adequate time to secure the campus and to make sure that the 2,000 on-campus students can depart safely should an evacuation be ordered.

           Citadel Athletic Director Les Robinson and CSU Athletic Director Hank Small will work to reschedule Saturday's game for later in the season.

           "While we would have loved to kick off The Citadel football season this Saturday, we strongly believe that it is in the best interests and safety of the college, the students and our fans to take precautions and postpone the game," Robinson said.

 

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