Teams requiring temporary relocation for sports to resume are welcome at the University of Florida, athletic director Scott Stricklin said Thursday.
Florida Gov. 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 no in-person classes are taking place in Florida.
“Our priority is the well-being of Gator student-athletes, staff and fans, and we are working toward the day when we can once again engage with those groups safely on campus,” Stricklin said in a statement. “Following Governor DeSantis’ comment (Wednesday) inviting other pro teams to participate in our state, I reached out to remind him that UF and Gainesville have world class health care facilities, an iconic football stadium, a state-of-the-art basketball arena and a brand-new baseball ballpark within two hours of cities with professional franchises.
“We’ve been receiving excellent guidance from our state and health care officials, and when those groups believe it is safe to host college and pro sporting events in Florida, we will be prepared to do so.”
DeSantis made an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, saying The Swamp could hold NFL games on Sundays.
“I’ve already spoke with some of our colleges, like the University of Florida,” DeSantis said. “They got a great football stadium, the Swamp, that’s not used on Sundays. So if an NFL team needs a place to land, we could work that out, too.”
–Field Level Media