OSU was expecting 40,000 people for their home opener this weekend, but thanks to the storm, the bleachers at Reser Stadium will be empty on Saturday. That’s because the Beavers’ scheduled opponent, Nicholls State, is in right smack in the middle of the storm. So, while the Beavers have been practicing all week, the Colonels can’t even get to their football field, which is currently under a few feet of water.
“Nicholls State let some of its players go back to be with their families around the Louisiana area, and they determined late last night that it was going to be too difficult to put their players in jeopardy trying to get back to campus, which is closed anyway,” said Steve Fenk, Associate Athletics Director.
Coaches decided to postpone the game until December, but if OSU ends up having to cancel the game altogether, it could mean over $200,000 down the drain and maybe even more for Nicholls State. But for now, fans should hold on to their tickets and keep an eye out for an official announcement from the athletic department in the next few weeks.
Players and coaches are obviously upset about not being to play their home opener as scheduled, but they realize the real priority here is the safety of the players at Nicholls State, their families and everyone being affected by this storm.