Football: Rochdale versus Plymouth Argyle game postponed
Date published: 02 March 2018
Rochdale AFC v Plymouth Argyle at the Crown Oil Arena has been postponed on safety grounds
The League One fixture between Rochdale and Plymouth Argyle at the Crown Oil Arena has been postponed due to the dangerous snowy and icy conditions in and around the stadium, and the severity of weather conditions across the country and nearby routes.
The decision has been taken early to prevent unnecessary travel for both sets of supporters and the Plymouth squad.
A prolonged period of snowfall and freezing temperatures have resulted in roads and footpaths in the immediate locality posing a potential danger to all fans, staff and players looking to attend the match.
Road closures and untreated and icy surfaces are not expected to improve over the next 48 hours.
A red weather alert, the most serious kind of weather warning that the Met Office can issue, is currently in place for Devon, while Greater Manchester Police are advising against all unnecessary travel.
A club spoesperson said: "The pitch at the Crown Oil Arena has been protected by frost covers over the last week and is currently playable, but we cannot and will not risk the lives of supporters, players and staff.
"A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course."