Both institutions have agreed that the main priority is to the school’s staff, students and families. UCF will be using their football stadium and facilities to house National Guard members along with emergency vehicles to help in the relief efforts around the surrounding areas along with the Miami and Tampa Bay areas.
“We’re honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma,” said UCF Director of Athletics 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,” Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury 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.”
In addition to the cancellation of the game, UCF has also notified students and staff that the school will remain closed through at least Sept. 13th.
This is a trying time for the school and community as a whole Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm and it’s put a lot of pressure on people to get schools businesses and lives back in order. UCF is taking a stand and keeping everyone around them safe and in good hands.