Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 7:19 PM
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.
UCF Monitoring Hurricane Irma
Updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5
UCF is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Irma, which is currently a Category 5 storm heading toward the Caribbean.
Should there be a potential for the Orlando area to be impacted, a decision could be made to close campus. That decision will be communicated via UCF Alert text, UCF social media and email messages.
The Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Health Sciences at Lake Nona campus and Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando follow main campus closure protocols. UCF regional locations will follow the decisions made by their respective host state college.
Updates about the status of the UCF-Memphis football game scheduled for Saturday evening and Family Weekend events will be shared later today.
Finally, now is the time to prepare, not panic.
Take precautions, such as developing a plan or building a hurricane safety kit, to evacuate or ride out the storm. A good hurricane safety kit should allow you to survive on your own for 72 hours and include basic survival essentials like water, food, communication tools and flashlights.
Your safety remains UCF’s No. 1 priority. Our Department of Emergency Management will continue to track Hurricane Irma in partnership with the National Weather Service, and we will make decisions with your well-being in mind.
More information about Hurricane Irma and emergency preparedness can be found here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/