As Hurricane Ian brings the threat of dangerous flooding, powerful winds and torrential rain, a number of sports teams have adjusted their schedules to avoid cancellations and disruptions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said on Monday that the team would relocate to Miami-Dade County on Tuesday to practice at the training facility for the Miami Dolphins. The team said no changes have yet been made to its schedule for Sunday night, when the Buccaneers are set to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
The Tampa Bay Lightning said on Monday that the team was postponing its preseason games on Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes and Thursday against the Nashville Predators.
College football teams are also making changes to their schedules. The American Athletic Conference said in a statement on Tuesday that a game between East Carolina University and the University of South Florida, originally set for Saturday night in Tampa, Fla., will move to Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton, Fla., at FAU Stadium, home of Florida Atlantic University.
After Hurricane Ian moves through Florida, it is expected to track north through portions of Georgia and the Carolinas by Saturday. The storm’s forecast prompted a game between South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina, originally set to be played on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., to be moved up to Thursday night at the same stadium.
“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon,” Ray Tanner, University of South Carolina athletic director, said in a statement on Tuesday.
A game on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., between the University of Florida and Eastern Washington University was moved to Sunday, the teams announced on Tuesday.
Other sporting event changes are possible as the storm’s path becomes clearer.
The storm could bring wind and rains to Atlanta this weekend, when the Braves are set to host the New York Mets for a three-game series that begins on Friday. The crucial set of games, which could ultimately decide who wins the N.L. East title ahead of the M.L.B. playoffs, were still scheduled as planned, but officials said they were keeping an eye on the storm.