Back-up plan for U.S.S Bataan game is Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
What if there’s a storm?
There probably will not be, but it is a valid question. Florida is opening the season with an outdoor game against Georgetown aboard the U.S.S. Bataan (9 p.m., NBC Sports Network), and the weather forecast is 58 degrees and clear.
If a surprise storm hits, though, the game will move to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena downtown.
“It’s monitored each day, every morning, in consultation with the Navy,” said Mike Hill, UF’s executive associate athletics director for external affairs. “If we had a weather issue, it’d be moved to the (arena) in Jacksonville. Every ticket holder received a pass to sit here on the ship and they received a back-up ticket if the game gets moved to the (arena). But I think we’re in good shape.”
The main weather concerns are the temperature and wind. As of now, there is no reason to expect precipitation.
“The biggest challenge is looking at The Weather Channel 15 or 20 times a day,” joked Doug Cochrane, the commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport, while standing at center court today. “I hope the wind dies down a little bit. If we have 10-15 knots of wind, probably a lot more action in the paint than out here on the three-point line.”
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