GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After initially moving its scheduled game with Northern Colorado up more than six hours Saturday to adjust to Hurricane Irma’s projected arrival, Florida decided to cancel the game outright, making the announcement Thursday evening.
“We have been in constant communication this week with University and government officials,” Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “As the Hurricane’s track has approached the state of Florida, it’s become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do. The focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts. There is a tremendous amount of stress currently on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. Playing a college football game Saturday would only add to that stress.
“Gainesville is also close to some of Florida’s heaviest traffic points this week, specifically Interstate 75, which is a key statewide evacuation route.”
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