This weekend, the Florida Gators play Eastern Washington in a Week 5 contest in Gainesville. However, the game won't be played on Saturday as previously scheduled.
Florida has announced it is moving the Week 5 game vs. Eastern Washington to Sunday due to Hurricane Ian. The game will still be played at noon, and all tickets issued for Saturday will be honored on Sunday.
The decision is being made in the best interest of safety of the fans, players and staffs of both teams.
"The Florida-Eastern Washington football game, scheduled for this Saturday, has been re-scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd at Noon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field the University Athletic Association announced today. The UAA continues to work with UF, local and state officials to monitor Hurricane Ian and any potential impacts on the newly scheduled date," Florida Gators Football announced.
The thoughts of head football coach Billy Napier are with the people in the state of Florida. Hurricane Ian is bound to have a drastic impact on the state this week.
“Probably more important is we just hope everyone is prepared,” Florida coach Billy Napier said, per GatorSports.com. “I know that we’re going to have some wind and significant rain here, but we’ve got a lot of people in our state that are in for a rough ride here so our thoughts and prayers or with them as they prepare.
“Having been a part of these things in the past, it’s nothing to play around with. We’ve got a game this week and all of that, but I think these things are little bit more important. And certainly we’re going to do everything we can do within our organization to help our players, their families, anybody that’s maybe at risk.”
Stay safe, people of Florida. Hopefully the Gators can lift spirits with a win on Sunday.