September 14, 2018 08:51 PM
With temperatures expected to reach nearly 90 degrees over the weekend, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has changed the game times for a number of football and soccer games.
This impacts only the MIAC, not University of Minnesota Athletics or the Northern Sun Conference.
According to KSTP Meteorologist Wren Clair, heat indexes over the weekend are expected to be in the 90s.
The move comes after the athletic conference passed a new heat, cold and lightning policy focused on keeping student athletes safe.
The MIAC uses what's called the wet-bulb globe temperature. It combines the impact of heat, humidity, radiation from the sun and wind to measure the risk for heat illness.
"We've had some incidents, not in this league, but on a national basis," said University of St. Thomas Director of Athletics Steve Fritz. "So the athletic trainers came together as a group and really developed a new policy."
The wet-bulb globe temperature has been used to keep the military and people who work outside safe. Now the MIAC is using it to keep student-athletes and fans safe.
"It's all about the kids," said Fritz. "You really have to be careful. And none of it's worth it, sure it puts us all out a little bit that you have to play at a different time or this or that, but it makes no difference. It's all about being the safety of the kids."
Under the new policy, precautions are put in place when heat and humidity present a risk of heat illness.
Below is the list of game changes:
10 a.m.: Concordia at Augsburg
11 a.m.: St. Olaf at Carleton
6 p.m.: Hamline at St. Thomas
7 p.m.: St. John's vs. Gustavus Adolphus at St. Peter High School
1 p.m.: St. Mary's at St. Olaf
4:45 p.m.: St. John's at St. Thomas
10 a.m.: Hamline at Carleton
10 a.m.: St. Benedict at St. Thomas
11 a.m.: St. Mary's at St. Olaf
7:30 p.m.: St. Catherine at Macalester
Updated: September 14, 2018 08:51 PM
Created: September 14, 2018 02:49 PM
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