The University of Central Florida and the University of North Carolina canceled their Saturday football matchup ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall Thursday as a Category 4.

Both programs offer full refunds for tickets, however, do not have plans to reschedule just yet.

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“First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone who may be affected by this storm,” UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White said. “The priority must be safety for everyone in the path of the hurricane. Having been through similar situations the past two years, we certainly understand this decision. We wish UNC the best of luck through this storm and for the rest of the year.”

“North Carolina and UCF officials stated any tickets purchased through the respective school will be refunded automatically and as quickly as possible. There is no need to contact either school’s ticket office regarding refunds.”

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UCF stated a game replacement at the end of October would be unlikely, as the Knights play Temple on Thursday, November 1.

“I’m confident our student-athletes will adjust to this change,” UCF head coach Josh Heupel said. “Many of them have, unfortunately, been through similar scenarios here the last two seasons. Our concern is with the safety of everyone being affected by the storm. Our team will turn its focus toward the game with FAU and we look forward to seeing all of Knight Nation back out at Spectrum Stadium next Friday.”

Photo: UCF Athletics Communications