[Updated 12:15 p.m., 2-28-19] Florida and Miami could open their football season a week earlier than expected, according to UF.
ESPN in December went to both schools to discuss the move of the game in Orlando from Aug. 31 to Aug. 24 because of the 150th celebration of college football. The network was seeking a marquee prime-time game to kick off the celebration.
Both schools agreed to it, but the NCAA still has to hear an appeal on moving the game. A decision is expected sometime next week so both teams can change travel plans.
UF provided an update via a joint statement from Florida, Miami, ESPN, Florida Citrus Sports and College Football 150th Anniversary Organization on the current situation:
“This past December, Florida, Miami and Florida Citrus Sports were approached by ESPN, who had the College Football 150th organization’s support (the entity overseeing the upcoming season-long celebration), to explore interest in moving the Camping World Kickoff game in Orlando to August 24 as part of a special kick off day celebrating the sports 150th anniversary season. This is a unique and rare opportunity that would showcase college football, both storied programs, and the state of Florida. In January, a waiver was submitted to the NCAA seeking approval to move the game under this premise. Both schools, along with ESPN, College Football 150th Anniversary organization and Florida Citrus Sports, understand that fans, and the teams themselves, need time to make necessary arrangements should the waiver be granted. A decision is anticipated shortly.”
The Gators and Hurricanes have a long history dating back to their first meeting in 1938 in Gainesville. Miami leads the all-time series 29-26 and won the last meeting in 2013 at home.
- In the event that the game moves to Aug. 24, UF season ticket holders who placed requests for tickets and can no longer attend, please contact the Gators Ticket Office to cancel that request and receive a refund of any payments made towards this event. The UAA apologizes for any inconveniences that this potential change may cause.