I’ve been hesitant to write this, considering the situation in Gainesville with Hurricane Irma. However, there does seem to be some legitimate talk of moving the Tennessee-Florida game from Gainesville this weekend. The University of Florida is still assessing the damage, but could very well move the game if they see fit.
Talking about football seems trivial in this moment, as the entire state of Florida deals with the destruction of Irma. We are certainly thinking about our friends down south and are hoping for the best.
The replacement destination (if needed) seems to be Atlanta, but an MLS soccer game seems is set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. That game appears locked in, with no chance of moving.
That doesn’t rule out Atlanta, though. Bobby Dodd or even Turner Field (yes, that Turner field) were thrown out as options from Barrett Sallee.
MLS match at the Benz Saturday, Falcons on Sunday. Could be played at the artist formerly known as Turner Field or Bobby Dodd. https://t.co/tsnbJWH3jg— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 11, 2017
We have a report out that a decision will be made by Tuesday here from Trey Wallace.
Expect decision on the Tennessee-Florida game by early Tuesday morning, Atlanta most likely option if game can't be played in Gainesville.— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) September 11, 2017
We also have a report of “no timetable” here from Jimmy Hyams.
I was told by sources no timetable has been set for making a decision.— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) September 11, 2017
Damage to Gainesville is still being assessed.
Bottomline: We are waiting on the University of Florida to determine whether or not Gainesville can play host to a football game this weekend. It isn’t just about the stadium itself, but it’s also about the accommodations and infrastructure in the surrounding areas.
We’ll continue to monitor this situation and let you know any details that break.