Florida Gators season opener called off due to lightning
The Florida Gators season opening game against Idaho was called off Saturday after it was determined that conditions were unsafe for players and fans.
“It’s unfortunate that the weather didn’t cooperate,” Gators coach Will Muschamp told the Tampa Bay Times. “After long discussions with the head referee, it was determined that the field conditions were too dangerous for the student-athletes.”
The. kickoff, scheduled for 7 p.m., was delayed by nearly three hours while storms and lightning moved through the area.
The pregame clock was at 31:21 when the players were removed from the field. SEC rules say that if lighting is detected within 15 miles of a game site, game officials must be notified. If the lightning is within eight miles, the game must be suspended for 30 minutes.
The Gators weren’t the only team affected by bad weather. The Auburn Tigers game against the Arkansas Razorbacks was delayed with only 10 minutes remaining in the game. They were able to finish the game, with Auburn winning 45-21.
In the world of tennis, the U.S. Open tournament in Queens was delayed by lightning, too.
We want to hear from you. Was cancelling the Florida game the right call? Would it make you nervous to sit in the largely metal bleachers when it’s lightning is coming down?