Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning, bringing life-threatening storm surge and winds up to 90 mph to the Carolinas.
While Carolinians evacuate their home states, the University of Florida announced it will offer free football tickets to its 4 p.m. game against Colorado State on Saturday for those fleeing the storm.
Following the lead of @Vol_Football, if you're an evacuee from North or South Carolina, we'd like to invite you to attend this Saturday's game in #TheSwamp free of charge.Details: https://t.co/A0pbPt7TGUNo matter where you are, please stay safe.#HurricaneFlorence— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 13, 2018
Residents ordered to evacuate can claim four tickets Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Gators’ season-ticket holder tent inside Fan Fest, outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
A valid, state-issued North Carolina or South Carolina ID is required, according to the university.
"No matter where you are, please stay safe," Florida’s football program said in a tweet.
The gesture comes after other teams offered tickets to evacuees.
The University of Tennessee will give free tickets to residents of North and South Carolina who display a state-issued ID and their immediate family members for its noon kickoff against UTEP.
To the families displaced by #HurricaneFlorence:If you're an evacuee from the Carolinas, we'd like to invite you to attend this Saturday's game in Neyland Stadium free of charge.https://t.co/dYY05iM7SC— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 12, 2018
The Atlanta Braves are offering free tickets to all three games of its weekend series against the Nationals and is offering discounted concessions specifically to those who evacuated. It comes a year after the team gave out more than 20,000 tickets to those evacuating Hurricane Irma.
Braves distributed 8,500 free tickets to Florida evacuees to today's game and a total of 18,562 during the four-game series with the Marlins— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) September 10, 2017
We are extending an invitation to anyone who has evacuated to ATL due to Hurricane Florence to be our guests for the next 3 games at @SunTrustPark! Complimentary tickets, discounted food options, free access to Hope and Will's Sandlot and more! Details: https://t.co/t0cyt2eR3V pic.twitter.com/4jxOECmLUn— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 13, 2018
Kennesaw State, locted 30 minutes north of Atlanta, is also offering complimentary tickets to its home football game Saturday against Alabama State.
While surrounding states offer its Southern hospitality, a number of universities inside North and South Carolina were forced to reschedule or cancel games in anticipation of the storm.
No. 18 UCF was scheduled to travel to face North Carolina on Saturday, but the game was canceled Tuesday due to the impeding storm.
The cancellation made it the second straight season UCF has had a game against an ACC team impacted because of inclement weather. Last September, the Knights’ game against Georgia Tech was canceled and schedules were rearranged following Hurricane Irma.
Other games of note that were canceled include: No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia at N.C. State and South Carolina vs. Marshall.
Both No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Georgia moved up their kickoff times to accommodate for the storm.