Florida vs. Northern Colorado game moved Saturday due to Hurricane Irma

By Adam Silverstein
September 6, 2017
Florida vs. Northern Colorado game moved Saturday due to Hurricane Irma

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The Florida Gators announced Wednesday that they will move their football game against the Northern Colorado Bears on Saturday. What was once an evening kick off will instead begin at noon ET from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Due to the move, the game will not be televised live as scheduled on the SEC Network. Instead, it will be available to watch via live stream on SEC Network + and WatchESPN.com. You will also be able to listen to the game on the radio.

“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,” athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “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.”

Head coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday that the team has already given up its normal pregame hotel for evacuees attempting to escape Hurricane Irma.

“Our officials and people in the city and obviously the state are going through some things right now as far as playing the game and that kind of thing,” he said on the SEC teleconference. “As a team we’ve already given up our home hotel for people that are in need of shelter as this moves forward. Ultimately it really bears out that we’re concerned about families, people in the state of Florida and obviously in this region.”

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