Thursday, November 10, 2011
Carrier Classic Readying With Rain Contingency
USS Carl Vinson, the vessel that helped bury Osama bin Laden at sea in May.
The Quicken Loans Carrier Classic will float Friday night’s basketball game between Michigan State and No. 1 North Carolina aboard the |
However, it’s water from above that could force the first-of-its-kind contest below decks. Rain is in the forecast for Veterans Day in San Diego, where the Vinson is moored, as the teams prepare to face-off and crews construct identical courts in both open-air and hangar settings. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. Pacific, roughly the time rain is expected. A decision will be made around 3 p.m. as to where the game will be played.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan McCord courtesy of Department of Defense
While the two courts, supplied by Connor Sports Flooring and finished by Bona US, will look the same, the surroundings obviously won’t. Should the game be staged indoors, not only will there be a ceiling overhead, but seating capacity will decrease from 7,000 to 4,000, leaving some 3,000 ticket-holders high and dry. The game will be televised by ESPN.