PC men’s basketball game postponed due to unsafe floor conditions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence College men’s basketball game against Seton Hall Wednesday night was postponed in progress due to an unplayable floor.

According to officials, unseasonably warm temperatures outside combined with the ice underneath the floor made for tough conditions at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The game will be finished Thursday at noon at Alumni Hall on the campus of Providence College. The Friars trailed the Pirates, 56-47 with 13:03 left in the second half when the referees postponed the game.

“Really unfortunate set of circumstance but the reality was the ice obviously caused condensation,” PC athletic director Bob Driscoll said. “We’ve been working with the Dunk for the past two days because we knew it would be like this, we had the dehumidifier on high and air conditioning on. We walked in and it was 59 degrees but then you get 10-thousand people and humidity in there and it got worse as the game progressed.”

Both Providence and Seton Hall are fighting to make the NCAA Tournament.

Because of the size of the size of Alumni Hall, only faculty, staff and students will be admitted to the makeup game. Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll said fans with tickets to Wednesday night’s game will be able to redeem them for select Big East games next season once the schedule is released in September.

This is not the first time the Dunk has had issues. During PC’s game with Marquette last year, under similar warm conditions, players were slipping on the floor.

The general manager of the Dunk said the venue will have an engineer on site Thursday to try and remedy the situation for future games.

James P. McCarvill, executive director of the R.I. Convention Center released a statement Thursday:

“We extend our sincere apologies to the Providence College and Seton Hall basketball programs and the fans for the conditions that disrupted last night’s game. Player safety is paramount, and the officials made the right call to suspend the game.

“We have met with building management and mechanical engineers today to discuss plans to improve court conditions and prevent this from happening again. Our capital-improvement plan already includes a number of measures that should address the problem, including the installation in the coming months of a fully automated energy management system.

“We appreciate the support and understanding from our partners in the PC Athletic Department. We’re confident The Dunk will be ready for the next home game on March 3.”