Florida to play Georgetown on the USS Bataan
The Florida men's basketball team's Nov. 9 season-opener against Georgetown will be held on the USS Bataan, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has announced.
"The USS Bataan and crew will find much more than a game in Jacksonville,'' Brown said. "This is a well-earned chance for our city to embrace the national spotlight to show appreciation to the brave men and women who defend our country. On behalf of thousands of service members and veterans who call Jacksonville home, we are grateful to Secretary Mabus (Ray, US Navy) and the Department of the Navy for selecting an amphibious carrier to host the game – and for giving our city a preview of the class of ships being relocated to Mayport starting in 2013."
The game is being billed as the Navy/Marine Corps Classic and kicks off a grueling non-conference schedule for the Gators which includes games against Wisconsin, Marquette, Florida State, Kansas State and Arizona.
[Photo]: Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Apprentice Molly Treece/courtesy of U.S. Navy.