The threat of Hurricane Dorian has caused Florida State’s season opener against Boise State on Saturday to be moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.
Instead of meeting at TIAA Bank Field in prime time on ESPN, FSU will host the Broncos at noon at Doak Campbell Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNews.
All tickets for the Jacksonville game will be refunded. FSU will make the ticketing for Tallahassee general admission and offer free tickets to Florida State and Boise State students. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 online at noles.co/GA and will be $15 at the gate Saturday.
“After consulting with emergency responders, law enforcement and hurricane preparedness teams at the state and local level, moving the game is the best option given the information we have at this time,” FSU athletic director David Coburn said in a statement.
The game initially had been scheduled to be in Tallahassee. In 2013 the programs announced a two-game series with FSU hosting Boise State this year and traveling to Idaho next year. Eventually, FSU’s home game was moved to Jacksonville.
“I want to thank the city of Jacksonville and Mayor Lenny Curry for their exceptional work in putting together what was going to be an outstanding event,” FSU president John Thrasher said in a statement. “I also want to thank Governor Ron DeSantis and our city and county officials for their cooperation in staging a game on such short notice, particularly our local law enforcement agencies.”
DeSantis said at a news conference Thursday morning that he had been in contact with Thrasher about the game “given Jacksonville’s location, given the uncertainty of this storm.”
Both teams have recent experience with weather affecting games. In 2017, Hurricane Irma altered the Seminoles’ season, including a matchup against Louisiana-Monroe that was postponed from September to December. Last season, Boise State’s bowl game, the First Responders Bowl on Dec. 26 at the Cotton Bowl, was canceled because of storms around Dallas.
FSU-Boise State is at least the 13th college football game involving a state team to be canceled, moved or postponed because of a hurricane in the last four years. The other 12:
UCF at North Carolina: Canceled, Hurricane Florence
Georgia Tech at UCF: Canceled, Hurricane Irma
Louisiana Monroe at FSU: Rescheduled, Hurricane Irma
Miami at FSU: Rescheduled, Hurricane Irma
Northern Colorado at UF: Canceled, Hurricane Irma
Alcorn State at Florida International: Moved up a day and to Birmingham, Hurricane Irma
Miami at Arkansas State: Canceled, Hurricane Irma
USF at UConn: Rescheduled, Hurricane Irma
Memphis at UCF: Rescheduled, Hurricane Irma
LSU at Florida: Postponed and eventually moved to LSU, Hurricane Matthew
Tulane at UCF: Rescheduled, Hurricane Matthew
Charlotte at Florida Atlantic: Moved back a day, Hurricane Matthew
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