UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham released a statement through Go Heels regarding the cancellation of the game against Central Florida.
“Hosting a major college football game is a massive undertaking that on a good day involves fans and thousands of state, local and campus personnel, including public safety officials, traveling from all over the area,” Cunningham said. “The current forecast for both the impact and aftermath of the hurricane would require those officials to divert critical resources from what could be much more significant duties. We can’t know for certain the amount of damage the storm will inflict, but the sensible decision at this time is to not play the game.”
UNC and UCF have not yet determined if the game will be rescheduled, but all tickets sold through Carolina Athletics will be automatically refunded.
“We are disappointed for both teams and their fans,” Cunningham said. “We wish UCF good luck the rest of the season and appreciate (athletics director) Danny White’s and (executive associate AD) David Hansen’s consultation and cooperation in making this decision. We look forward to our game at Kenan Stadium against Pitt on Sept. 22.”
Two years ago, the football team faced a similar situation when Hurricane Matthew pounded Chapel Hill with heavy rain and wind, but at that time the squad opted to play its game against Virginia Tech on Oct. 8, a game that resulted in a 34-3 loss.
In addition to the football opener’s cancellation, seven other events will not take place as scheduled this weekend.
The Carolina Field Hockey Stadium was set for its official dedication on Friday against Virginia, but the event will be pushed back due to the inclement weather. The team also will not play its scheduled game on Sunday against James Madison.
The one Tar Heel squad set to begin its regular season this weekend, the women’s tennis team, canceled both of its weekend tournaments in Cary, N.C. and Williamsburg, Va. The team will instead head to Malibu, Calif., and begin its season on Sept. 20 in the Oracle ITA Masters tournament.
The volleyball team also canceled one of its weekend matches, its Friday night game against North Dakota State. The team will reschedule its away contest at Duke that was set for Sunday.
The men’s soccer team was set to play in Durham against the Blue Devils on Friday night, but that game has also been postponed.
This story will be updated once postponed events have been rescheduled by the athletic department.
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