Stanford’s Wednesday night exhibition game against Sonoma State has been cancelled.
The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County has caused all sorts of havoc in the North Bay. Structures and homes in Geyserville and Healdsburg have been lost, other cities have been evacuated, and just about everywhere (including my house) has experienced multi-day power outages.
Sonoma State is in Rohnert Park, south of Santa Rosa. They’re narrowly outside the evacuation zone, but complications from the fire and a healthy dose of precaution have caused the university to cancel all activities for the rest of the week.
This marks the second straight year the Cardinal have lost a game to fire. Last season’s non-conference matchup with Wofford was nixed due to dangerous air quality from the Camp Fire. That would’ve been a surprisingly interesting matchup; the Terriers were ranked for much of the year and nearly toppled Kentucky to reach the Sweet 16. This game’s loss is less significant, as it would not have counted towards the season record.
Stanford will now start its 2019-20 campaign next Wednesday, when they play host to reigning two-time Big Sky champs Montana.