Hurricane Irma is said to be one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever, and it’s fast approaching the state of Florida and the southeastern United States. Taking extreme precaution in preparation for the storm, a slew of sports games, concerts, and other events have already been moved up, postponed, relocated, or cancelled.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were set to play the Dolphins in Miami this Sunday, but the NFL has already announced its postponement. Both teams share the same bye week in week 11, and will play instead on November 19 in Miami.
In college football, University of Central Florida and Florida International were both set to host their season openers this Saturday night. UCF moved its matchup against Memphis up to Friday at 6:30 PM. Florida International is taking a bit more precaution; their opener versus Alcorn State has been cancelled for now, with more details about rescheduling to come.
Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams will reschedule both of his Florida tour stops this weekend- Saturday at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville and Sunday at Coachman Park in Clearwater- and current tickets will be honored at the new shows, dates TBA.
In Tampa, acoustic folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will reschedule his Saturday show at The Attic, and comedian Ben Gleib cancelled his Thursday-Sunday run at Side Splitters with no current plans to reschedule. The Tampa Boat Show at The Tampa Convention Center was set for this weekend, but has been rescheduled to the weekend of October 13-15.
In Orlando, Florida State University’s home game vs. Louisiana-Monroe start time has moved from 7 p.m. to noon on Saturday. University of Florida’s home game vs. Northern Colorado start time has moved from 7:30 p.m. to noon on Saturday. The Sept. 9 sailing of Disney Fantasy and Sept. 8 and Sept. 11 sailings of Disney Dream from Port Canaveral have been cancelled. As for the park itself, the Walt Disney World website notes that it is “operating under normal conditions and continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Irma”.
A few events set for next week are still up in the air. The Tampa Bay Rays are set to host the New York Yankees for a three game series on Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 13-15. A decision is expected by Friday as to whether the teams will play in New York, at a neutral site, or in Tampa with a possible postponement. Outdoor concerts from Depeche Mode at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa and 2 Chainz at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, both scheduled for next weekend, are still being watched.