"The game will not be moved out of Gainesville," stated Florida in a press release on Wednesday afternoon. "The game is still scheduled to be played on Saturday at noon at Benn Hill Griffin Stadium."
"Our concerns obviously are with the people that are going to be affected by whatever comes our way," said Gators head coach Jim McElwain. "We'll make sure that we talk all the steps necessary for that heading into the weekend. I think our guys are excited about getting back home after two weeks and playing in front of our fans in the Swamp, getting our students there, which is a great environment and looking forward to it again."
Hurricane Matthew is set to hit the Sunshine State on on Thursday, while hitting the Gainesville area on Friday. Although the school does plan to play the game this weekend, McElwain does not want to lose sight of what the focus should be.
"This is something that could be devastating," he said. "It’s already been devastating in other countries.. We get so wrapped up in the importance of an SEC game on a Saturday, and yet when you get a chance to actually sit back and maybe take a breath, the first-responders that have to be on top of it, obviously the possibility of displaced families and those type of things [should be the focus].
"Believe it or not, and I know some people will disagree with this, but there are some pretty important things out there in life that don’t concern 3rd-and-6."
As far as when the game will kick off that remains undecided on Wednesday. The University is set to make a final decision on the start time of the game by 1 p.m. on Thursday.
"We are working closely with local, state and University officials as well as the Southeastern Conference office to monitor the progress of Hurricane Matthew and its potential impact on campus and the safety of the fans."null