With rain in the forecast for San Diego, the Battle of the Midway basketball game between No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State was postponed from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher confirmed the postponement Tuesday.
The game still will be played outdoors on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.
"The purpose of the game is to play it on the Midway," Fisher said, according to the UT San Diego newspaper. "The only reason we're moving it from Friday to Sunday is to guarantee that we can play it on the Midway ... This is what we felt was in everyone's best interest."
Rain and high winds were expected Friday night, but Sunday afternoon is expected to be sunny.
Before the date shift, San Diego State considered moving the game indoors to the Valley View Casino Center.
"We don't want to go all the way out there and play in a 4,000-seat gym," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. "The whole purpose of this game was to play on the ship. I want to do everything we can to play the game on the ship."
The Orange pushed back its planned arrival in San Diego from Wednesday to Friday, according to multiple media reports.
The change in dates of the season opener for both teams required the Aztecs to reschedule another game. San Diego State was scheduled to play at home against San Diego Christian on Sunday, but that game was postponed until next Tuesday.
Syracuse's second game is scheduled for Nov. 18 at home against Wagner.