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Friday, April 19, 2013
BC cancels Saturday events

By Jack McCluskey

Boston College has canceled all home events for Saturday in light of the massive manhunt underway in and around the city for suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing.

“After consulting with campus, city and law enforcement officials, including the Boston College Police Department, we have decided to cancel all home athletics events scheduled for Saturday, including the spring football game," athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement. "Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and spectators. Our local law enforcement community has done a phenomenal job this past week, and we do not want our events to serve as a distraction.

“Furthermore, now is a time for reflection to honor those who have been tragically killed and injured this past week and to allow our community to heal. The entire Boston College family stands with those who have been affected by this week's events. Together we will persevere and emerge stronger and more unified than ever.”

Events scheduled for Saturday included an alumni flag football game, a fan fest, the spring football game, a women’s lacrosse game and a women’s tennis match.