The Florida Gators are slated to play their home opener against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
But with a Category 5 hurricane potentially set to wreak havoc on the state of Florida and the southeast, the university and members of the athletic association are taking precautions heading into the weekend.
University of Florida officials are monitoring Hurricane Irma, which currently has sustained winds of 180 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Based on projections, the storm is expected to hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday night and is likely to hit South Florida on Sunday. Gainesville could feel a brunt of the storm Sunday night and Monday morning if Irma’s path stays as projected by most computer models.
“We continue working with university and government officials to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma and determine the impact of the storm on our events in Gainesville this weekend,” Steve McClain, Florida’s senior associate athletic director for communications, said in a release. “Additionally, we are communicating with the Southeastern Conference office and keeping them updated.”
In addition to the football game — which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and be televised on the SEC Network — Florida’s second-ranked soccer team hosts Florida State on Friday and the University of South Florida on Sunday. The Gators’ second-ranked volleyball team hosts American University, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Michigan State for a three-day tournament that starts on Friday.
Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin tweeted on Monday night that the UAA is working closely with school and government officials to monitor the storm.
Plenty unknown at this point, but we will work closely with UF & government officials to monitor the storm throughout the week. https://t.co/dCJpdf0V23
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) September 4, 2017
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