San Diego: Work crews ready rain-soaked Qualcomm Stadium for Thursday night's Poinsettia Bowl
City crews worked through the night to remove water from the rain-soaked field at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, site of Thursday night's Poinsettia Bowl.
The city-owned stadium had been flooded by the pounding rains of earlier in the week.
Work crews brought pumps to suck the water from the field into the parking lot. By midnight Wednesday, the field had been “de-watered,” said a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders.
The game pits the Naval Academy vs. San Diego State, with kickoff set for 5 p.m.
The rain had already disrupted a pregame activity in downtown San Diego. The outdoor battle of the bands between Navy and San Diego State was cancelled Tuesday night.
The bands will be at the game.
On Thursday morning, city crews were lining the field with hash marks and end-zone designations.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: The field and much of the parking lot was flooded Sunday at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Credit: K.C. Alfred / Associated Press