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Hurricane Irene brings event cancellations, closures

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- As Hurricane Irene got closer to the United States on Friday, event organizers were making calls on weekend events. Here is a partial list of some of the cancellations, closures or postponements. The list is not intended to be comprehensive.

EVENTS

-- Sunday's planned dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington has been postponed, said Harry Johnson Sr., head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation. The last of the weekend's planned events will be a national prayer service Saturday, with a gala ball also canceled.

-- The Kenny Chesney concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, was moved up to Friday from Sunday.

-- Saturday's Newport Bucket Regatta, a yachting event in Rhode Island, has been canceled. A gala dinner was moved up to Friday.

-- The North Carolina Democratic Party has postponed Saturday's annual Sanford-Hunt-Frye Dinner in Morehead City.

-- The Silopanna Music Festival scheduled for Saturday at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Maryland was canceled. Refunds will be made available.

-- All Broadway performances have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday, the Broadway League announced Friday afternoon. Paul Libin, the league's chairman, cited the safety of patrons and performers as well as the suspension of subway service as reasons for the cancellations.

SPORTS

-- The Baltimore Orioles' planned doubleheader in Maryland with the New York Yankees on Saturday has been postponed, with make-up games scheduled for Sunday night and September 8, the teams announced on their websites.

-- The NFL preseason game between the New York Jets and New York Giants -- once scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday, then moved to a 2 p.m. Saturday start-time -- has been postponed. The game, instead, will be played Monday night, the teams announced on their websites.

-- Hurricane Irene prompted the cancellation of the final two days of the 49th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships, which began earlier this week in Virginia Beach.

-- The Philadelphia Phillies' game Sunday against the Florida Marlins will be played as part of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The team announced Friday that it is cancelling a game that had been scheduled for that night.

-- The Boston Red Sox will no longer have a Sunday afternoon game with the Oakland Athletics, moving that contest to Saturday, the team announced. That game will start at 5 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader, following a first game set to begin at noon.

-- The hurricane prompted Major League Soccer to postpone three games that had been scheduled for this weekend: D.C. United vs. the Portland Timbers in Washington; the New York Red Bulls vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy in Harrison, New Jersey; and the Philadelphia Union vs. the New England Revolution in Chester, Pennsylvania. The first game had been set for Saturday night, and the latter two were to be played Sunday night.

-- The New York Mets' games with the Atlanta Braves for Saturday and Sunday have been canceled, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday.

-- The PGA Tour on Friday shortened The Barclays -- a tournament being held in Edison, New Jersey, that is the first of four events in the tour's FedEx Cup playoffs -- from 72 holes to 54 holes.

-- A boxing event planned Saturday for the Tropicana in Atlantic City has been postponed, Star Boxing announced on its website. The same slate of boxers will face off October 22.

SCHOOLS

-- Norfolk State University in Virginia canceled Friday and Saturday classes.

-- Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, announced that it would be closing its residence halls Thursday evening and campus Friday afternoon. The start of classes has been pushed back to Tuesday.

-- Opening weekend for the University of Delaware has been postponed "until further notice," the school announced on its website. Students who are on campus were encouraged to drop off their belongings and head home, in anticipation of expected flooding, and those who will stay have been told to notify staff members immediately.

-- New Jersey's Rutgers University has changed its move-in date to Saturday, encouraging those who cannot move in on this date to do so on Monday instead. In addition, the school canceled its New Student Convocation ceremony that had been scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m.

-- New York University in New York City has pushed back its scheduled move-in date to Monday.

-- Move-in day was also pushed back from Sunday at Rowan Universityin Glassboro, New Jersey. Upper-class students are now being told to move in next Monday or Tuesday.

OTHER

-- Amtrak said it was canceling most of its train service south of Washington on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional cancellations may be necessary as the major storm moves north. Currently, service on the Northeast Corridor is not affected.

-- The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will halt service from approximately midnight Saturday to until after Irene has passed the area, which is expected to happen about midday Sunday. Service will resume "on a route-by-route basis," the transportation agency said.

-- Several hotels and casinos in and around Atlantic City, New Jersey, are schedule to close for the weekend, starting at 8 p.m. Friday.

-- New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority will institute a systemwide shutdown when trains and buses begin their final runs at noon Saturday; the shutdown will include subways, buses, the Long Island Rail Road, the Metro-North Railroad and Access-A-Ride.

-- All National Park sites in Manhattan, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, will be closed to visitors, reopening no earlier than Tuesday. The park Superintendent David Luchsinger said in a press release that workers "will assess both Liberty and Ellis islands first thing Monday morning and make a determination at that time about how soon we can safely reopen the park."

 
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