Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in Haiti on Tuesday having touched down as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds and torrential rain. Matthew now has its sights set on the East Coast throwing the weekend sports schedule into disarray…
College and pro football games, NASCAR and even baseball have all been affected by the threat of the storm. With evacuations in South Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina who have planned games in those areas have been moved or postponed. Meanwhile coaches, managers and team personnel up and down the east coast are closely monitoring the weather in order to keep their players and fans safe.
Here is a roundup of games that have been moved or postponed this weekend due to the projected path and severity of Hurricane Matthew:
In the NHL, the Florida Panthers announced that the team’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed.
In baseball, the Florida Instructional League — where Tim Tebow has been playing as a member of the Mets organization — has canceled the remainder of the season, which was slated to last the rest of the week.
Almost all football games and high school events on Friday on the east coast of Florida and the southeastern coasts of Georgia and South Carolina are either postponed or canceled.
In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins will host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, but there are contingencies in place in case Hurricane Matthew makes the conditions unsafe.
In college football, the monster match-up between #10 Miami and #21 Florida State is still scheduled to take place in Miami despite the threat of the storm.
The University of Central Florida and Tulane have agreed to postpone their football game scheduled for Friday evening until Saturday, Nov. 5.
Albany State at Charleston Southern and Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State college football games have been postponed.
In NASCAR, the Bank of America 500 is scheduled Saturday night, with an Xfinity Series race on Friday. Rain was expected to begin on Friday, with an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday. So far neither event has been canceled.
It’s going to be a long weekend for many on the East Coast. Stay safe everyone.