Spectrum Stadium is hosting the National Guard and so no football this week
Hurricane Irma is responsible for the University of Central Florida to call off their game on Saturday against ACC foe Georgia Tech. The game was set for Spectrum Stadium, in Orlando, but the area is a much-needed staging area for Hurricane Irma clean-up.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the game can be rescheduled for this season. Both sides will continue to talk about future contests.
But right now the Home of the Knights, UCF’s Spectrum Stadium is serving a much more important role than college football. The National Guard is using it as home base for their Irma cleanup and that means no practice for the football team.
Also, some players were allowed to leave the area to be with their families so there is a not yet a full team in place even if practices were to be held in other areas of the campus. All of this together simply made it impossible for UCF to host a game with Georgia Tech this weekend in Orlando.
As a matter of fact, several hundred members of the national guard were on campus Monday.
“We’re honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma,” said Vice President and athletics director Danny White. “On behalf of our student-athletes, athletics staff and fans, I promise the Knights will do everything we can to assist in recovery efforts.”
“We are in complete agreement with the decision,” athletics director Todd Stansbury of Georgia Tech said. “While we’re disappointed for both teams’ student-athletes, coaches and fans, recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma should be and is the top priority for UCF and the entire state of Florida at this time. We wish them the very best in their recovery efforts and look forward to meeting on the gridiron down the road.”