ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF has officially rescheduled their Saturday night football game against Memphis to 6:30 PM Friday night in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
“In an abundance of caution due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend, UCF’s football game against the University of Memphis has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Stadium,” read a statement put out by the university.
— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) September 5, 2017
The tailgate will be canceled, though the stadium and parking lots will both open at 5:00 PM for fans.
Officials had been on high alert through Tuesday as the forecast models for the storm grew more intense, keeping fans updated often and early. Danny White addressed the issue on social media early Tuesday morning, forecasting the impending move.
We’re monitoring #HurricaneIrma closely. Still planning to host Memphis at Spectrum Stadium, but not sure when. Final decision soon.
— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) September 5, 2017
Read the full release below:
UCF-Memphis Football Game Moved to Friday
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) –In an abundance of caution due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend, UCF’s football game against the University of Memphis has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Stadium.Parking lots and Spectrum Stadium will open for all fans at 5 p.m.
With the new game time, no tailgating will be permitted in any campus lot. First responders throughout Central Florida will be preparing for this Category 5 storm and UCF will not have the law enforcement resources needed to staff tailgating areas.
Additionally, the university does not want to disrupt Friday afternoon classes with an unplanned campus closure for tailgating. UCF also needs time to secure Spectrum Stadium and the campus should Hurricane Irma threaten the area.
“The best option for ensuring this game is played is to move it to Friday night,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White. “With travel considerations, we had to make that decision today. I thank the University of Memphis and the American Athletic Conference for working with us to keep safety our top priority while finding a way to play this game.”
All Family Weekend activities have been cancelled, and refunds for special events will be automatically issued. More information will be shared soon at http://fye.sdes.ucf.edu/familyweekend
Fans, including Family Weekend participants, who have single-game tickets for Memphis and cannot attend Friday night are invited to exchange their tickets to see the East Carolina home game on Oct. 14. Please call 407.823.1000 to exchange your tickets or for more information. .