The Gators and Canes’ rivalry will be renewed, if only for a year.
The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will open the 2019 season against each other, in the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. This is the first meeting between the two schools since 2013. At this time no official date has been set for the game.
“We are pleased to have partnered with Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN events to kick off the 2019 season against Miami” UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said in a school release. “Orlando is a great Gator city and we look forward to playing in front of our fans from all over the state of Florida and beyond.”
The newly renovated Citrus Bowl came to a multi-year agreement with Camping World, Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events to host major sporting events
“Florida Citrus Sports is proud to announce yet another big-time college football game for Orlando,” said FCSports Chief Executive Officer Steve Hogan. “We’re excited to pair two in-state teams for a match-up with tremendous appeal locally and nationally at the top of the 2019 season.”
The history between the two schools dates back to 1938 with Miami holding a 29-26 all-time lead. The meeting in 2019 will be the second between the schools in Orlando. Florida bested Miami 19-10 in the 1976 Tangerine Bowl. In six neutral site games Florida and Miami are knotted at 3-3.
“I am thrilled that a Florida and Miami matchup is on the schedule,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises and host of CNBC’s The Profit. “This is the type of high quality matchup that will drive fans to Camping World Stadium. This matchup will be a throw down at the 50-yard line!”