UCF-Memphis Moved to Friday Night due to Hurricane Irma (UPDATED)

Game Moved Up 25 Hours

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Spectrum Stadium. Photo: Derek Warden

UCF and Memphis have agreed to move kickoff of their conference opener to Friday night at 6:30 p.m., due to the potential for Hurricane Irma to threaten the Orlando area over the weekend.

The game was originally slated for Saturday at 8 p.m., but with Category 5 Irma bearing down on the Florida peninsula by the weekend, the game was moved up by a bit more than 24 hours.

The National Hurricane Center’s official forecast puts South Florida within the 5-day cone, but the potential for the storm to turn north is evident, based on computer models. Here’s the NHC’s 11 a.m. advisory from Tuesday:

In addition, forecaster Levi Cowan has the latest data on the storm from his Tropical Tidbits video blog from Monday evening. Give him a follow:

There will be no tailgating before the game. Parking lots open at 5 p.m.

In addition, all Family Weekend activities have been canceled. Fans who were planning on attending Family Weekend events can find out more here.

Any fans with single-game tickets who cannot make the game can exchange their tickets for tickets to the East Carolina game, according to UCF.

UPDATE: The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Elsewhere, Seminole County has announced that Friday’s high school football games have been moved up to Thursday as well. No word yet from Orange:

In the meantime, serious preparations for Irma are already underway in the Sunshine State:

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