MONROE, La. – Florida State University has cancelled all home athletic events scheduled for this weekend, including Saturday's football game against ULM.
"The cancellation of Saturday's ULM football game at Florida State was the prudent decision to make, especially given the emergency weather situation that exists in the state of Florida," ULM Athletics Director Nick Floyd said. "Obviously, law enforcement and emergency management resources will be stretched thin throughout the state due to the magnitude of Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents and first responders of the state as preparation for projected landfall continues.
"We deeply appreciate the open communication that we've shared with FSU Athletics Director Stan Wilcox and his staff throughout this week, as they have closely monitored the progress of Hurricane Irma. The safety of the student-athletes, fans and all Florida residents has been the top priority in all our discussions."
FSU President John Thrasher and FSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced the cancellation late Thursday, Sept. 7.
"In the interest of safety of individuals throughout the state, and to allow our student-athletes, staff and fans to prepare for a storm of significant magnitude, we have decided to cancel all athletics events including the ULM football game on Saturday," Thrasher said. "The cancellations will help reduce the consumption of fuel and congestion on major travel arteries."
"This is a wise decision made for the safety of all involved," Wilcox said.
"With Florida currently under a government state of emergency and the need to dedicate all resources to the evacuation effort, we felt this was the best decision for everyone."