School criticized for ending match early for fireworks

KENT, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university has apologized for ending a women’s field hockey match early to put on a football pregame fireworks show.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Kent State University issued the apology Monday after being widely criticized for halting a match between the University of Maine and Temple University Saturday. Kent State hosted the game.

Kent State officials said in a statement that the game should’ve been allowed to conclude.

The school cited orders from the fire marshal to end the match by 10:30 a.m.

The teams were tied at zero in a second overtime period.

The Maine Director of Athletics acknowledged both teams were informed of potential timing issues with the pregame football activities, but said no reference to a hard stop was made in the game contract.

Associated Press

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