The Florida-LSU game is currently set for Saturday afternoon, but the approaching Hurricane Matthew could play a factor in whether the contest is played or not.
Florida is currently set to host LSU on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. However, Hurricane Matthew is making its way toward the Sunshine State and the weather, not to mention the field, could get a little dicey as kickoff approaches.
Gators head coach Jim McElwain is prepared to do whatever is best for the safety of everyone involved.
“Well aware of what could happen and the preparation for that,” McElwain said on Wednesday. “It’s one of those deals that whatever happens will obviously be the best for the campus, the state of Florida, first responders, all those type things. But right now we’re planning to go ahead with whatever the plans were.”
The hurricane is supposed to reach the Gainesville area sometime on Friday, and with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, travel for the teams and fans could be hazardous.
LSU is used to dealing with the threat of hurricane-like weather when it comes to postponing football games, as just last year the Tigers had to cancel their season-opener against McNeese State. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, LSU was the host to a few New Orleans Saints games while the Superdome was repaired.
The two schools will keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly, though McElwain did offer a temporary idea for if the weather is too bad.
“We got an indoor,” McElwain said. “I guess we could go do it in there if we have to.”
I’m not sure the 88,000+ ticket holders would agree to that.