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Pack Football Hosts Ag(ua) Day

Hey, you know what makes North Carolina agricultural products grow? Lots of rain.

So maybe it’s fitting that the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ third-annual Ag Day at Carter-Finley Stadium might offer up a little agua to go along with the celebration of the state’s $80 billion agriculture/agribusiness sector.

With Hurricane Joaquin sitting off the Atlantic Coast and a cold front swooping in from the west, weather forecasters are predicting near-record rainfall totals for this weekend, when NC State hosts Louisville, no matter what path the storm takes over the next few days.

Gametime is slated for 12:30 p.m.

The field, which was revamped in 2009 to add a world-class drainage system, can handle the rain, according to Ray Brincefield, assistant athletics director for outdoor facilities. Brincefield’s grounds staff mowed and painted the field on Wednesday, a couple days earlier than usual and the playing surface is ready for the game.

“The field can safely handle four to five inches of rain over the course of a couple of days,” Brincefield says. “No system can really handle hurricane-type rain for very long, but fortunately this storm has been stalling over the last day or so.”

All those pregame activities, though, like the 24th-annual CALS Tailgate, Ag Day activities and the outdoor Tailgate Tip-Off preseason basketball scrimmage? They might be in jeopardy. Their fates will be decided closer to kickoff.

But unless there is lightning or heavy winds, the game will be played as scheduled.

Fans heading to the game can get up-to-the moment updates about what’s happening at the stadium through @PackFootball or @PackGuestSrvcs.

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