Florida-Miami 2019 season opener could be moved

The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes are set to open the 2019 season on August 31, 2019.

Or are they?

Both the University of Florida and University of Miami were approached by ESPN and the College Football 150th organization about potentially changing the kickoff date from August 31 to August 24. This is the 150th season of college football and the idea was pitched to both universities as a “unique and rare” opportunity that would “showcase college football, both storied programs, and the state of Florida.” ESPN is seeking a marquee, prime-time matchup for the slot and pitting these two schools, which haven’t played since 2013, is appealing to the network.

Florida and Miami agreed to play this game back in April of 2016. With that long of notice many fans began making plans to attend the game, which will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. When rumors about the potential change of the game started to circulate, those travel and hotel plans became a talking point with fans. SO much so that the University of Florida released this statement.

“In the event that the game moves to Aug. 24, University of Florida season ticket holders that placed requests for tickets and can no longer attend, please contact the Gators Ticket Office to cancel that request and receive a refund of any payments made towards this event. The UAA apologizes for any inconveniences that this potential change may cause.”

The move is not official yet and would need to be approved by the NCAA. In January both schools submitted a waiver to the NCAA seeking approval for the change under the above state reasons. On Wednesday the Associate Press reported that the game would be held at night in a prime-time slot regardless of the date.

A decision by the NCAA is anticipated shortly.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC