As Hurricane Dorian threatens the state of Florida later in Labor Day weekend, FSU is scrambling to now host their football game with Boise State Saturday afternoon.
And, in addition to the logistics of having both teams now in the state capitol with hotel accommodations for the visitors, etc., another important question for the game itself is: what to do about the tickets that were already sold for TIAA Bank field in Jacksonville?
In the short-term, FSU is making the public aware the tickets will be $10 for the game with mostly general admission seating.
A Florida State official confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat early Thursday afternoon that the game will be at noon and tickets are on sale through the FSU website and at the FSU ticket office on Saturday morning.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said all tickets sold for the #FSU-Boise game will be refunded. Tickets for the game in Tallahassee are general admission and are $10 through https://t.co/X29lmoTCPW.https://t.co/3leVDesuDN
— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) August 29, 2019
However, it is unclear as to what will be done to accommodate the anticipated several thousand Boise State fans that were coming to Jacksonville for the game, and whether or not they will have reserved seating behind or near the Boise visiting bench? That is the likely scenario.
FSU further updated Thursday afternoon that tickets purchased the day of the game will be $15 and they maintain that all seating with be general admission. FSU and Boise State students can get free tickets with their student ID.
Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry had announced earlier on Thursday that all tickets will be refunded for the game that was scheduled Saturday night at 7 p.m. in their city. The Democrat also reported Friday that FSU had sold over 45,000 tickets for the game. It is unclear how many Boise State had sold, but was believed that they would have in excess of 3,000 fans in Jacksonville.
Many of those fans may be cancelling their plans to travel to Florida on Thursday.
While Hurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. until at least Sunday, there are obviously serious concerns about safety and evacuation time for the entire state. Dorian could be at least Category 3 Hurricane, when it does make landfall.
Boise State’s team was scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville later this evening, but with the official change this morning, it has allowed them to rearrange their travel plans to come to Tallahassee. And, the noon start time will allow the Broncos to be able to depart safely Saturday evening for the Pacific Northwest.
This is not the first time Florida State’s schedule has been affected by Hurricanes hitting the pan handle.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the west coast of Florida and FSU had to move its games against Louisiana-Monroe and Miami to later in the season. UL-Monroe was originally supposed to be canceled, but was rescheduled later at the end of the season to give FSU a winning record to continue their bowl streak.
Saturday’s matchup is the first of a “home and home” two game deal, where the Noles are scheduled to play in Boise next September.