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FSU-Miami Hurricane Matthew Updates: Game still on as planned

The latest on Hurricane Matthew and the status of the Florida State vs. Miami game.

Florida State Seminoles v Miami Hurricanes Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images


Per, the tailgating lot access will not open until 5pm for most fans, and you must possess a game ticket to enter the property. Official quote:

Fans should be aware that for tomorrow’s game, the Green and RV tailgating lots will now open at 4 p.m., while the Blue, Maroon, Yellow, Purple and Orange lots will open at 5 p.m.

Any individuals who do not have a ticket to the game, or do not have a ticket waiting at will call or on a pass list, will not be permitted to enter the tailgating area at Hard Rock Stadium.

Following this announcement, on the heels of earlier news the Marching Chiefs will not travel, this annual rivalry game continues to scrap its non-essential parts. Kickoff still scheduled for 8pm.

Thursday, 7:15 pm update:

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher says he still expects the game to be played, and the team will travel at approximately 10 AM on Friday morning.

Wednesday, 4:45 pm update:

Florida State Athletics has released a statement regarding this weekend’s game:

Wednesday, 3:30 pm update:

The game is still on as planned, and UM is “hopeful” it will remain that way.

Current trajectory of the storm:

UPDATE 8 PM EST, Thursday, October 6:

UPDATE 5 PM EST, Thursday, October 6:

2 PM Update, Wednesday, October 5:

As of 2 PM EST on Wednesday, Hurricane Matthew has wind speeds of 120 MPH and wind gusts of 145 MPH. The Category 3 storm is on track to impact parts of South Florida on Thursday evening into Friday. This weekend’s Florida State vs. Miami game is scheduled to be played in Miami Gardens, a suburb of Miami and part of Miami-Dade County.

Note: The “X” on the following maps are the approximate location of Miami, Florida.

The following map is a scatter plot of some model projections for the path of Hurricane Matthew. The lines coincide with the center of the storm. Once again, the Orange “X” represents the approximate location of Miami, Florida. So while a direct strike on Miami is not currently forecasted, things can change in a heartbeat. As you may remember, Hurricane Charley in 2004 was supposed to hit Tampa before pivoting off Florida into Naples like a kid on a skateboard. And while the impacts of the hurricane are forecasted to be well past by kickoff Saturday night, the after-effects of the hurricane may foul-up travel and create logistical issues for fans and the team.

Sporting events in Florida affected from the storm:

The University of Central Florida has rescheduled it’s football game against Tulane, originally scheduled for this Saturday, to a later date.

Friday night’s UCF Volleyball game against Houston has been moved to Tampa.

Football games currently monitoring the situation:

The Florida State vs. Miami game on Saturday is scheduled for 8 PM EST. A statement from the school to the Tallahassee Democrat red, "We are in constant communication with the University of Miami and the ACC, and all parties are monitoring the situation."

In Tampa, the University of South Florida will hold athletic events as planned.


Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.

In counties with evacuation orders, the toll fees have been suspended.

Check your local county website to see if you are under evacuation orders.

Other travel related notices: