Poinsettia Bowl games to go on as scheduled

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A large section of the parking lot and field at Qualcomm Stadium were under water Wednesday, which could lead to difficult conditions for players and fans alike at Thursday's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Crews at the city-owned facility worked all through the day to pump out the water, and the San Diego Bowl Association confirmed late Wednesday that tomorrow's college football game will go on as scheduled.

“The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will kick off as scheduled at 5:06 p.m.,” said Bruce Binkowski, executive director of the game, in a statement e-mailed to the media.

“City of San Diego and bowl officials are working together to insure the field will be ready for play,” he said. “Due to water in the parking lot and a reduced number of parking spaces, fans are encouraged to arrive early for the game and consider using the San Diego Trolley. The parking lot opens at 11 a.m.”

The contest features hometown San Diego State University, appearing in its first post-season game in 12 years, against the U.S. Naval Academy.

Video shot by a helicopter news crew earlier today showed water covering most of the outer ring of the parking lot at the stadium, after the adjacent San Diego River overflowed its banks. The rising waters also cut off nearby roads.

The images also showed the playing field, protected by a tarp, covered with standing water. The grass was re-sodded earlier this month.

It is unknown how much of the parking lot will be available, since water flowing from the East County mountains will feed into the river for several more days.

The Metropolitan Transit System plans to add extra trolleys to carry fans to and from the contest. A portion of the Green Line track was closed near the stadium because it was under several inches of water, but was opened several hours later.

About 51,000 game tickets had been sold by Monday.

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