Teams that need temporary relocation so sports can be readmitted at the University of Florida, athletics director Scott Stricklin said Thursday.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis welcomed “all professional sports teams” to Florida to play and practice. That prompted Stricklin to speak with DeSantis to offer Gainesville and UF facilities.
The SEC has suspended all activities until May 31, and there are no private classes taking place in Florida.
“Our priority is the welfare of Gator athletes, students, and fans, and we are working towards a day where we can once again engage with these groups safely on campus,” Stricklin said in a statement. “Following Governor DeSantis’s comments (Wednesday) that invited other pro teams to participate in our country, I reached out to remind him that UF and Gainesville have world-class health care facilities, iconic soccer stadiums, sophisticated basketball arenas and new baseball baseball stadiums in two hours from the city with a professional franchise.
“We have received excellent guidance from our state and health care officials, and when the groups believe that it is safe to hold campus and sports events in Florida, we will be ready to do so.”
DeSantis appeared on Fox News on Thursday, saying The Swamp could hold an NFL match on Sunday.
“I have talked to several of our colleges, like the University of Florida,” said DeSantis. “They have a great football stadium, Rawa, which is not used on Sunday. So if the NFL team needs a place to land, we can finish it too.”
– Field Level Media
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