The Gophers football team moved its annual spring game to 6 p.m. Thursday, the school said Tuesday. The game at TCF Bank Stadium will remain free to spectators.
The forecast of inclement weather for the originally scheduled time of noon Saturday prompted the change. The National Weather Service calls for snow likely before 1 p.m., with a 60 percent chance rain and snow to follow. Saturday’s high is expected to be 36 degrees, with wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour.
Poor spring weather prompted the Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday to cancel their spring game scheduled for Friday night. The Iowa State Cyclones on Monday canceled their annual game set for Saturday.
“The spring game is a reward for our players and fans, so cancelling it was not an option,” Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement. “Moving the game from Saturday to Thursday enables us to keep it outside at TCF Bank Stadium, so fans can watch our team.”
Fleck said a fan event will be scheduled for later in the year for families that were planning to come to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.
A thin roster limited the Gophers’ ability to host a real game last season, but this year a deeper Minnesota roster allowed Fleck to introduce a format better resembling a real contest. Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca will pair with linebacker/captain Thomas Barber to lead the maroon team, while defensive coordinator Robb Smith and running back/captain Rodney Smith will lead the gold team. The rest of the roster has been divvied up between the two teams.
The game will air on KFAN 100.3, will be streamed on BTN2Go and will air on delay at 8 p.m. Thursday on BTN.
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