Hurricane Irma moves up Florida Gators' kickoff to noon
The Florida Gators have moved up Saturday's game against Northern Colorado because of Hurricane Irma. It will now kick off at noon.
"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.
"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. 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."
UF coach Jim McElwain said on the weekly SEC teleconference that te team has given up its hotel rooms to potential evacuees.
Florida State also moved its kickoff up to noon. Miami canceled its road game at Arkansas State, and UCF moved its home game against Memphis from Saturday to Friday evening. There are no changes so far involving USF's game at UConn.