The San Diego Union-Tribune published a report on Thursday that the Battle on the Midway scheduled for Nov. 9 could possibly be canceled due to lack of financial support. Then on Friday the San Diego St. Aztecs and Syracuse Orange sent out a release that the game will indeed go forward as planned:
Syracuse, San Diego State, FOX Sports San Diego and the USS Midway confirmed today the Battle on the Midway will be played on Friday, Nov. 9, aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego. The game is set for a 5 p.m. PT start and will be televised nationally by FOX Sports Net.
"We are excited to be participating in the game against Syracuse on the USS Midway," SDSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk said. "We are fortunate to have a great group of people supporting this event, which will give us an opportunity to showcase our basketball program, University and community to the entire nation. It will truly be an unforgettable experience."
"FOX Sports San Diego is committed to ensuring the game takes place as scheduled," said Henry S. Ford, Sr. Vice President and General Manager. "We're happy to work with San Diego State and Syracuse to make Battle on the Midway a first-class event here in San Diego and an outstanding telecast to our national audiences."
"We continue to look forward and are truly excited about the upcoming opportunity for our team to play on The Midway in our honor of our U.S. service people," said Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "We believe the event will be special and respectful."
This is great news for both teams, and it will give San Diego State a very good non-conference opponent that could very well be ranked high in the preseason polls. Perhaps, if San Diego State can get the win then the Mountain West will get some more credit as being an upper tier league.