UAlbany season opener cancelled due to ban on nonessential travel to N.C.

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The University at Albany men’s basketball team will not open the 2016-2017 season with a game against Duke.

After a surprising first round exit in the America East Tournament, the Great Danes were looking forward to its season opener with the Blue Devils. But the team has more disappointment on their hands before the game has even been played.

The game was cancelled.

SUNY confirmed to NEWS10 ABC that it stands behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order banning nonessential travel to North Carolina. The ban came in response to the state of North Carolina’s bill against transgender people using public restrooms.

In a text, head coach Will Brown said the Great Danes are excited to be playing a Big 10 team in Penn State on opening night.

SUNY’s statement can be read below:

The State University of New York supports Governor Cuomo’s executive order banning all non-essential travel to the state of North Carolina. We instructed our campuses to immediately review any existing travel plans by faculty and staff. SUNY and its campuses continue to support the Governor on taking this stand.

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