MIAC new weather policy means game time changes Saturday

St. Thomas game moved from 1pm to 6pm

Adam Carter
September 13, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Football guy


A new weather policy is already being put into effect for the MIAC, and it will mean some game time changes this weekend with the unseasonable heat.

"I think we're the only conference in the nation at this point that basically says, 'You're not going to play if hits a certain amount of heat, humidity combination.'"

Dan McKane is MIAC commissioner. He says the policy, which was approved in May of this year, will mean some changes for football game start times.

The St. Thomas-Hamline game has been pushed back, from 1pm to 6pm. WCCO Radio broadcasts St. Thomas football games, but because of a time conflict now with the Twins, the St. Thomas game will now air on our sister station, BUZ'N 102.9.

The Augsburg-Concordia game time is also being moved. From 1pm up to 10am. McKane says other football games, as well as some soccer matches, may also shift in time.

McKane says they began to consider a weather policy last year.

"We took an opportunity to review safety and health and heat and cold policies. We took about six months and we looked at different data."

He also says the University of Connecticut's Korey Stringer Institute was instrumental in crafting the new policy. The institute is dedicated to protect athletes and others from the dangers of heat, and is named for the Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman who died from heat stroke during training camp in Mankato in 2001.

McKane says he understands changing game times, and moving games is a hassle, but he says they must put player safety first.

"I ask everybody to understand that we're trying to take into account the health of people. I know that it's tough to change, but I think this is a good step."