TEMPE, AZ - Arizona State University's Athletic Department and football program announced Friday afternoon that the annual trip to Camp Tontozona has been canceled.
According to the team's website, the cancellation was made due to hindrances with completing the team's new playing surface on time.
"We have been monitoring this closely for the last several weeks, and our student-athletes' safety is our number one priority," said Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson. "Unfortunately, the amount of rain Payson has received impedes the crew's ability to efficiently level the ground and proficiently complete the construction of the playing surface."
All 2018 preseason football practices will be conducted in Tempe.
"This was a tough decision for our program, especially for me, who has yet to experience the mystique of Camp Tontozona," said Sun Devil Football head coach Herm Edwards.
The University and football program has a partnership with the town of Payson and Camp Tontozona and plan to complete the project when weather permits.