As schools and cities are cancelling events across South Florida due to the impending storms of Hurricane Matthew, several sports teams are making decisions about games over the next few days in the area.
The Florida Panthers cancelled their final home preseason game, scheduled for Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the first time the team has had to cancel a game since Hurricane Wilma came through the area in 2005.
Florida Atlantic University has decided to postpone their game on Saturday against Charlotte until the following day, scheduled at the moment for 12 PM on Sunday.
In the most anticipated game of the weekend, the Miami Hurricanes say their game against the rival Florida State Seminoles – scheduled for 8 PM Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium – is still scheduled to take place at this time.
“We are monitoring Hurricane Matthew, and are in constant contact with stadium personnel,” UM athletics director Blake James said. “We are hopeful that the impact of Hurricane Matthew will be minimal and the game between the Hurricanes and Seminoles will be played as planned.”
The ‘Canes and ‘Noles have had a game moved previously – in 2004, their game inside the old Orange Bowl Stadium had to be moved four days due to Hurricane Frances.
The following day, the Miami Dolphins return home for a game with the Tennessee Titans at 1 PM. The teams reportedly had discussed moving the game to Nashville if weather prohibited it from taking place in South Florida, but it is still scheduled to take place inside Hard Rock Stadium.
The Miami Heat are on the road Saturday for their second preseason game of the year, taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves in Kansas City, Mo. The Heat does not play at home again until Tuesday.