Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Florida offers free football tickets to Hurricane Florence evacuees

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.

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.

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.


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.

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