Tuesday morning, Hurricane Irma, a system in the Atlantic Ocean, was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest of the 2017 hurricane season, with sustained winds reaching approximately 180 MPH. Current projections show this storm headed towards Florida, and it could make impact as early as this weekend. This storm could severely impact sporting events in the process, and several teams have already changed their schedules to prepare. Here are the updates on some events coming up this weekend as of Tuesday evening:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami Dolphins – This game will not be played as scheduled. The NFL and the teams are looking into either relocating or postponing the game.
- College Football
- Northern Colorado @ Florida – This game is currently scheduled to be played as originally planned, but all options are still on the table.
- Alcorn State @ Florida International – This game will not be played as scheduled. The teams are looking into relocating, postponing, or cancelling the event.
- Miami (FL) @ Arkansas State – While this game is not being played in Florida, the University of Miami is monitoring the system to see if changes need to be made for the safety of the student-athletes.
- Memphis @ UCF – This game has been moved up. It was originally scheduled to be played Saturday evening, and will now be played on Friday evening.
- LA Monroe @ Florida State – This game is currently scheduled to be played as originally planned, but all options are still on the table.
- Tampa Bay Rays
- The Rays play at home against the Yankees this weekend. Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi has said that the series may be in jeopardy.
- Miami Marlins
- The Marlins will be out of town all weekend, but many are taking their families with them on the road to avoid the storm. The organization is also preparing in the event that their stadium isn’t playable upon their return to Florida after the storm.
- Tampa Bay Rays
We will continue to update you on these events and others as news comes in. Our thoughts are with those who will potentially be in harm’s way, and we hope for the safety of everyone in the path.