The University of Florida Athletic Association put out a release at noon on Wednesday about Gator athletic contests and events this week and their possible time changes. Soccer and Golf have had to alter their schedule and nothing yet on the football game Saturday. The release reads…
“In preparation for Hurricane Matthew approaching the state of Florida, the University Athletic Association has adjusted some of this weekend's scheduled events on campus.
“Thursday's soccer game against Georgia will now start at 4 p.m. at James G. Pressly Stadium. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
“Gator Golf Day, originally scheduled for Friday at Mark Bostick Golf Course, has been cancelled with an alternate date still do be determined.
“We expect to have an update on Saturday's football game against LSU today after 5 p.m. We will also update the status of SEC Network's show SEC Nation as soon as possible.”
Florida head football coach Jim McElwain said on his 11:20 SEC Teleconference call that he still expects the game to be played at noon Saturday in Gainesville, but it is of course out of his hands.
“Obviously we're well aware of what could happen and the preparation for that," McElwain said. "It’s one of those deals that whatever happens will obviously be the best for the campus, the state of Florida, first responders, all those type of things, but right now, we're planning to go ahead with whatever the plans were.”
There are a lot of factors that go into a football contest the magnitude of the Florida-LSU game. One of the major issues is the state wide support that Florida must have for the contest. Emergency medical personnel and law enforcement come from all over the state to help patrol the stadium and the city during a game like this. With the threat of a Hurricane those resources will likely be called upon elsewhere.
They must also take into account the travel issues that come during and after a major hurricane and the actual resources that they will have on hand for a contest that could host 90,000 people. Some of those resources may have to be shipped somewhere else as well.
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