ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida on Tuesday announced that the Knights football game against the University of Memphis has been moved from Saturday night to Friday evening.
"In an abundance of caution due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend, UCF’s football game has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Stadium," the school said in a statement.
Parking lots and Spectrum Stadium will open for all fans at 5 p.m.
"With the new game time, no tailgating will be permitted in any campus lot," the news release said.
First responders throughout Central Florida will be preparing for a Category 5 storm and UCF will not have the law enforcement resources needed to staff tailgating areas. Additionally, the university does not want to disrupt Friday afternoon classes with an unplanned campus closure for tailgating. UCF also needs time to secure Spectrum Stadium and the campus should Hurricane Irma threaten the area.
All Family Weekend activities have been canceled, and refunds for special events will be automatically issued.
Fans, including Family Weekend participants, who have single-game tickets for Memphis and cannot attend Friday night are invited to exchange their tickets to see the East Carolina home game on Oct. 14.
Fans can call 407-823-1000 to exchange tickets or for more information.