The Georgia Tech at UCF football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma, the two schools announced on Monday.
According to the release, the University of Central Florida “…agreed to host up to 1,000 National Guard members and 250 vehicles on campus” to aid in recovery efforts following Irma. Spectrum Stadium will be used to stage the operations, therefore necessitating the football game cancellation.
“We’re honored to host the National Guard and play a part in helping our community and state recover from Irma,” said UCF Vice President and 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,” said Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury, who served as UCF’s A.D. from 2012-15. “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.”
Georgia Tech (1-1) will next play on Saturday, Sept. 23 at home against Pittsburgh. The game is scheduled for 12:20pm ET on the ACC Network.
UCF (1-0) also had their game against Memphis canceled this past weekend. The Knights’ next game is at Maryland on Sept. 23 (3:00pm ET, FS1).