Colo. blizzard scuttles plans for soccer in snow

DENVER — Plans for soccer in the snow — complete with a bright orange ball — were scuttled Saturday because a blizzard made it too dangerous for fans to get to the match even though the snowstorm moving across the Colorado Front Range didn’t pack as big of a punch as initially predicted.

With accumulations about half of the 16 inches expected, fans made it out to several big basketball games across the state despite icy roads and at times white-out conditions.

The snowstorm put a damper on the state’s busiest sports schedule of the year, scuttling the Colorado Rapids’ home opener against the Philadelphia Union. Major League Soccer postponed the match until Sunday, when warmer temperatures and clearer skies are expected.

The University of Colorado went ahead with its 2:30 p.m. tipoff against Oregon State, but asked fans “to use extreme caution if they are still planning to attend,” noting that “travel in the Denver-Boulder area is not advised.”

Still, 10,105 showed up — although many of them might have wondered if it was worth the trouble after watching the Buffaloes lose to the last-place Beavers 64-58.

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