The annual SEC East rivalry game between Tennessee and Florida won’t need to change its location after all.
SEC officials have reportedly decided to keep Saturday’s game from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, despite the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the local area, according to Volquest.com.
Gridiron Now’s Jimmy Hyams also confirmed reports that the game would remain in Gainesville this weekend.
The SEC released the following statement on Monday afternoon in the wake of Irma’s path through Gainesville:
The Southeastern Conference is in communication with the athletics departments at the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee after Hurricane Irma passed through the Gainesville area overnight and early this morning.
“Now that the storm has passed through Gainesville, the University of Florida is working with local authorities to assess the effect of the storm on the campus and the Gainesville community, at the same time ensuring the appropriate security and local officials are available to host a game,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.
Tennessee and Florida annually play the home-and-home series early in the season. The Gators currently lead the series 26-20. The Vols won last year’s matchup, 38-28, which snapped an 11-year losing streak.