Canada West Communications
EDMONTON – Due to continued air quality concerns in Prince George, B.C., this weekend's Canada West men's soccer regular season games between the Victoria Vikes and UNBC Timberwolves have been postponed.
The games, originally scheduled for Friday, August 24 (6 p.m. PDT) and Saturday, August 25 (6 p.m. PDT), will be rescheduled at a later date. The decision to postpone the games was made Thursday morning, following discussions between Victora and UNBC, who agreed to postpone this weekend's matches ahead of Victoria travelling to Prince George.
As of Thursday morning, air quality in Prince George was rated as 10+ on Environment Canada's Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Air quality for Prince George is forecasted to remain at 10+ heading into Friday morning, as forest fires in BC continue to impact air quality throughout Western Canada.
The Canada West Board of Directors approved a new air quality policy earlier this week, which recommends that members postpone a match if the AQHI is seven or greater.
UPDATE (AUG. 30)
The Victoria-UNBC game originally scheduled for Friday, August 24 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Prince George's Masich Place.
The August 25th game between the Vikes and Timberwolves has yet to be rescheduled. An announcement on when and where that game will be played will be made at a later date. The game's location is still to be determined, but it won't be played in Prince George as originally scheduled.