Two Sky Blue FC Road Matches Undergo Kickoff Changes
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CHICAGO (June 12, 2017) – In an effort to ensure player and fan safety, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today new kickoff times for 23 games throughout the remainder of the 2017 season. The new schedule reduces the number of games during times of the day where potential environmental conditions such as high temperatures, humidity and solar radiation would be more prevalent throughout the summer months in the United States.
Included in the changes are two Sky Blue FC road matches. Kickoff for its Saturday, July 1, game against the North Carolina Courage is now set for 3:50 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium. Additionally, a Saturday, August 12, meeting with the Orlando Pride is now slated for 7:30 p.m. ET at Orlando City Stadium.
“The safety of everyone involved with the execution of NWSL matches, including players, referees and fans, is paramount,” said Amanda Duffy, NWSL Managing Director of Operations. “These are important measures that will help to ensure the safest environment possible at all league matches, and we will continue to evaluate steps that can be taken in the future.”
The NWSL is also implementing increased measures for Hydrations Breaks and new guidelines for Extreme Heat, including procedures for match delays, effective immediately. Click here to view the complete guidelines.
After a successful implementation on June 3, the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will now be listed at 3:30 p.m. ET on the schedule with kickoff slated for 3:50 p.m. ET to accommodate for Hydration Breaks. In addition, the NWSL has released the other 4 p.m. ET games, providing teams not part of the Game of the Week more flexibility to reschedule games into the late afternoon and evenings.
Sky Blue FC Kickoff Changes
|Date||Home Team||Visiting Team||Venue||Time (ET)|
|Saturday, July 1||North Carolina Courage||Sky Blue FC||Sahlen’s Stadium||3:30 PM|
|Saturday, August 12||Orlando Pride||Sky Blue FC||Orlando City Stadium||7:30 PM|
Bold = Game of the Week on Lifetime
For a complete list of kickoff changes across the league, visit NWSLsoccer.com.
Next up for Sky Blue FC is a road trip to Portland to face the Thorns at Providence Park on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. The team will return to New Jersey on Wednesday, June 28, hosting the Orlando Pride for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Yurcak Field. Tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
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