The kickoff for Florida’s home-opening football game against Northern Colorado has been moved up to noon Saturday due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, UF announced Wednesday.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. It will be streamed exclusively on SEC Network +, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App as well as the IMG Gator Sports Radio Network.
“We have worked closely with campus and regional authorities during the last 48 hours to find the best possible solution that allows us to play the game and takes into account the safety of our fans, players, staff and personnel working the game,” UF Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said. “With tropical conditions possibly expected in our region on Saturday night or Sunday morning, moving the game from 7:30 to Noon will give people a chance to come to the game and return home before any expected weather or effects hit our area.”
There will be no overnight parking available on campus Saturday evening after the game.
Meanwhile, the Gator soccer team will continue to host Florida State at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown, but their match Sunday night at 6 p.m. with South Florida has been cancelled.
The Volleyball team is hosting American University, Michigan State and UNC Greensboro in the Active Ankle Challenge and there are no current changes to the Gator schedule. UF will continue with the Friday night schedule, facing UNC Greensboro at noon and American at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s match vs. Michigan State is at 4:30 p.m.
“We will obviously continue to monitor the weather and we ask fans to consider their own safety and the safety of others before traveling to the game,” Stricklin said. “In addition, we also ask that fans who had hotel rooms that will no longer need them, to notify their respective hotels immediately as those establishments are looking to house evacuees from around the state and region.”