August 11, 2015

Lebanon Valley Football - LVC at Widener Rescheduled Due to Pope Francis' Visit

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CHESTER, Pa. - Lebanon Valley College's football game at Widener University originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26 has been rescheduled to Friday night, Sept. 25 due logistical concerns stemming from Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia that weekend. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Flying Dutchmen and Widener's schedule adjustment is one of many measures being taken by colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area to help ease the city's hosting of the 266th pontiff. Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, the Community College of Philadelphia, and Rutgers-Camden have all either closed their campuses or asked instructors to hold classes online or reschedule them.

LVC and the Pride aren't the only football teams affected by the pope's visit. Earlier this year, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the Philadelphia Eagles not play at home on Sunday, Sept. 27 due to traffic concerns and to give Philadelphians the opportunity to see the pontiff in person. The request was granted and the Eagles will play the Jets in New York that day instead.

During Philadelphia's papal weekend, public transportation routes and schedules will be altered, rail passes will be needed to use SEPTA lines, and private vehicles will not be a viable option in Center City. Vehicle traffic restrictions go into effect at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 but some roads within a three-square-mile zone will start shutting down as early as 8 a.m. that morning. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be permitted in Center City.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, Pope Francis is set to celebrate mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway outside the Philadelphia Art Museum for an estimated two million people before returning to Rome.