By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 7, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The University of Florida has announced Saturday's contest between the Gators and Northern Colorado has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
The game will not be made up.
"We have been in constant communication this week with University and government officials," said Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin. "As the Hurricane's track has approached the state of Florida, it's become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do. The focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts. There is a tremendous amount of stress currently on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. Playing a college football game Saturday would only add to that stress.
"Gainesville is also close to some of Florida's heaviest traffic points this week, specifically Interstate 75, which is a key statewide evacuation route," Stricklin continued.
The university says the game will not be rescheduled due to neither team sharing an open date later in the season. Ticket refund information will be made to fans who have purchased tickets to the game.
You can read UF's full release on the game being cancelled here.