Gophers spring football game moved indoors due to weather forecast

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The Gophers spring football game on Saturday will be altered for the fourth time in five years.

With thunderstorms forecast, Minnesota said Thursday the event will be moved from Huntington Bank Stadium to its indoor practice facility. Given limited space, fans will no longer be allowed to watch in person, but the game still will air at 1 p.m. on Big Ten Network and on the Gopher Radio Network.

“We are disappointed to move the game indoors,” head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement.. “But we wanted to do what was safe for our student-athletes and fans, and we did not want to cancel the game. … We will be sure to plan a fun fan-friendly event for the fall.”

The Gophers have a diaper drive and oar donation in conjunction with previous spring games, but will now move those to a to-be-announced event during fall camp.

The Gophers spring game last year had an estimated 10,000 fans at Huntington Bank Stadium. In 2020, the game was canceled due to the pandemic. In 2019, it was moved indoors due to a heavy snowstorm. In 2018, the date of the game was changed from Saturday to Thursday in order to beat a snowstorm.

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