Severe weather alert postpones VU-FL game

Vanderbilt University officials heeded the recommendation of Nashville area emergency officials by postponing tonight's scheduled 8 p.m. CST game with Florida to Friday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Senior night festivities will occur following, and all tickets to tonight's game will be honored. UPDATE: Game time has now been changed to 5 p.m. CST on Friday.

Vanderbilt's Sports Information Office is trying to get the word out as rapidly as possible, and began contacting media around 5 p.m. CST.

Seniors Jence Rhoads, Rebecca Silinski and Hannah Tuomi were to be honored tonight immediately after the game. The ceremony is expected to continue after the game ends on Friday. The official release follows:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt athletic officials have announced that tonight's scheduled women's basketball game with the University of Florida has been postponed upon the recommendation of local police and emergency agencies. A variety of severe weather watches and warnings along with the threat of significant thunderstorms are projected to strike the Nashville area this evening.

The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m.

"We were in communication with first responder agencies throughout the day," said Vanderbilt Senior Woman's Administrator Candice Lee. "Nashville's Office of Emergency Management issued a statement urging residents to be home by 6 p.m. and remain there for the evening.

Vice Chancellor David Williams consulted SEC Commissioner Mike Slive before a final decision was reached. Our concern is for the safety and well-being of everyone involved before, during and after the game."

The Commodores and Gators were scheduled to play the game on CSS-TV.

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