NCAA basketball team cancels trip to Vancouver due to air quality concerns

Aug 21 2018, 4:51 pm

How bad is the air in Vancouver right now?

Bad enough to scare off visitors, apparently.

The UBC men’s basketball team was scheduled to host an exhibition game against University of California Santa Barbara on Friday, but the NCAA Division 1 school has cancelled their trip.

Scheduled to fly north from California today, the basketball team is staying home, stating, “the air quality would not improve sufficiently to allow for games to be played without risk.”

“We were very much looking forward to the trip, both from a competitive standpoint and for the opportunity to experience one of North America’s great cities,” said UC Santa Barbara head coach Joe Pasternack. “Our thoughts are with the people of British Columbia as they continue to battle the fires.”

Over 400 fires continue to burn in BC, affecting the air quality in Vancouver. According to a release from Environment Canada, “elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to occur over the next few days.”

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