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Air Force, Army Games Could Be Jeopardized by Shutdown

Penn State Set to Open New Arena Against Army

CHN Staff Report

The shutdown of the United States federal government, which began at midnight last night, could affect the schedule of games for Army and Air Force, if it continues.

Because most of the support personnel for those games are government employees, the games may not be able to be played. Currently, a men's soccer game between Navy and Howard has already been canceled, and the teams' football games this weekend are also in jeopardy.

According to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette, most of the support staff are considered civil-service employees, and are not eligible to travel to Navy for the team's football game this weekend. Many other federal employees have been furloughed.

An email to Air Force sports information director Dave Toller, seeking more information, returned the following statement: "I’m currently on furlough due to mandatory government shutdown and I am not permitted to access my government email, voice mail or cell phone until I am notified to return to work at the point that the government reopens."

The shutdown would also adversely affect Penn State, which is scheduled to open its season, and the brand new Pegula Ice Arena, on Friday, Oct. 11 against Army. Penn State's following two games are scheduled to be at Air Force.

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