Officials are continuing to assess damage done in Gainesville by Hurricane Irma, as Florida and Tennessee’s football teams await a decision on when, where and how their game will be played this Saturday.
Right now, it’s scheduled to take place at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin released statements on the situation Monday.
Florida said its facilities are “intact with no major damages.”
Portions of the Mark Bostick Golf Course are under some water, a university report stated, and it will will take some time before the course is playable. Additionally, Donald R. Dizney Stadium (lacrosse facility) is under “some water.”
As far as the football stadium is concerned, everything looks pretty good.
“Some signage came down at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the storm, but there are no major damages at this time,” the report said. “Irma arrived on Sunday night and pounded Alachua County for the next eight hours with heavy rains and tropical storm winds.
“The city was left strewn with debris and faced with flooding in many areas, while thousands of people suffered power outages.”
While the stadium appears to be well intact, there are a multitude of other factors in play to determine whether the game can go on as scheduled.
“Among the reasons is more than 3,300 working personnel, 17 government agencies and outside vendors are needed to conduct a game for a crowd of around 90,000 people at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium,” the report stated.