In the aftermath of the terrible flooding from Hurricane Joaquin's outer bands in the state of South Carolina, the scheduled LSU at South Carolina game is being moved to Baton Rouge. The stadium is in good shape, but the city's infrastructure is not and people in the state are still trying to deal with it.
Here is the statement from South Carolina president Harris Pastides:
"Yesterday, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region's recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll. In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge. The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we've had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding."
And another from AD Ray Tanner:
"On behalf of the University of South Carolina Athletics Department, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered the loss of life and property during this tragic flood. After much thought and consideration, and in conjunction with local and state authorities and with our own University administration, we have made the decision to move Saturday's football game to Baton Rouge. Changing venues on such short notice is no easy task, and I would like to thank LSU President F. King Alexander and Athletics Director Joe Alleva for their cooperation and flexibility in working with us to change the site for Saturday's football game."
And one more from Steve Spurrier:
"On behalf of the South Carolina football team we want to do the right thing and do what is best for all concerned. It appears the best thing is to travel to LSU. We look forward to the challenge and competing against the Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday."
This game moving does have competitive implications, but those pale in comparison to the terrible flooding. This was no one's first choice, and I hope everyone out there gets why this game is being moved.