Since Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast, and the destruction left in its path, most Texans are preparing for Hurricane Rita, a Category 4 storm in the Gulf of Mexico that is projected to hit the Texas shore early Saturday morning.
With the storm projected to affect the Bryan/College station area Texas A&M officials have decided to move the Aggies football game from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net will also televise the game.
"I have talked with the president of Texas State University and we have agreed to play the game Thursday night at 7:30," Gates said. "However circumstances require we make adjustments other than timing."
Preparations for the change have already begun as Kyle Field has already been going through sound checks and Texas State has been preparing to travel to College Station Thursday.
But Gates also made a strong suggestion to Aggies who do not live in the Bryan/College Station area.
"I urge in the strongest possible terms that fans that do not live in the Bryan/College Station area stay home and watch the game on television," Gates said. "We also understand that no hotels will be available Thursday. This game is for the students, so I urge if you do not live in the area stay home."
Other than the game, student activities over the weekend will be impacted by Hurricance Rita.
"We had very strong input from both Athletic Department. We have strong feelings on the part of our students," Gates said. "All university student activities will be cancelled from Friday through Sunday."