The Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes have finalized an agreement to open the 2019 season in the Camping World Kickoff game in Orlando, FCSports announced today.
“Florida Citrus Sports is proud to announce yet another big-time college football game for Orlando,” said FCSports Chief Executive Officer Steve Hogan. “We’re excited to pair two in-state teams for a match-up with tremendous appeal locally and nationally at the top of the 2019 season.”
The two schools will meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, which was previously known as Citrus Bowl Stadium. A date was not indicated, but it will likely be Saturday, Aug. 31 or Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.
Florida-Miami is now the third Camping World Kickoff game on the future docket. Camping World Stadium will host Florida State-Ole Miss on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 and Alabama-Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 1 2018. A match-up for the 2017 season has yet to be announced.
Florida and Miami have met 56 times on the gridiron and the Hurricanes lead the series 29-26. In their last meeting in Miami in 2013, Miami defeated Florida 21-16.
The Florida Gators now have two neutral-site matchups on their future schedules. UF is also scheduled to open the 2017 season against Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“We are pleased to have partnered with Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events to kick off the 2019 season against Miami,” Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said via a release. “Orlando is a great Gator city and we look forward to playing in front of our fans from all over the state of Florida and beyond.”
Miami also has one other neutral-site game on their future schedule. The Hurricanes are set to face LSU in 2018, also in Arlington.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to play the University of Florida in Orlando,” said Miami Director of Athletics Blake James. “There have been so many memorable games between our two institutions and I am confident that all of our alumni and fans will enjoy seeing the two teams square off in the Citrus Bowl. I would like to thank Steve Hogan and Florida Citrus Sports, ESPN events and our game sponsor, Camping World for making this game a reality.”