Football games, classes canceled or delayed due to heat

Hope Academy of West Michigan, Grand Rapids
A sign at Hope Academy of West Michigan in Grand Rapids shows the school is closed Friday due to heat. (Sept. 21, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The unseasonable heat that forced several Grand Rapids-area schools to cancel or shorten classes Friday is now impacting high school football games.

The following high school football games have all been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. Friday because of the high temperatures:

  • Comstock Park vs. Unity Christian
  • Forest Hills Central vs. Northview
  • Grand Rapids Christian vs. Cedar Springs
  • Holland Christian vs. Zeeland East
  • Hamilton vs. Holland
  • Rockford vs. Grand Haven

Additionally, Union High School’s homecoming game against Fruitport has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday because of the weather, according to Grand Rapids Public Schools.

If the heat index is 105 degrees, football games must be delayed at least a half hour, according MHSAA regulations. Because of Friday night’s heat, officials will be adding three extra water breaks per quarter.

Thursday, Hope Academy of West Michigan said school was canceled “because of ambient temps in classrooms well above 100 degrees.”

The NorthPointe Christian elementary school campus was also closed due to the heat, though Colt Care will be open.

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary and Middle schools will have a half day due to heat at the Iroquois and middle school campuses.

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Storm Team 8 says temperatures could reach 94 degrees Friday — and we’re also looking at temperatures above 90 through Tuesday. The high in the Grand Rapids Thursday was a record 95 degrees.