Tennessee, Florida offer free tickets for Hurricane Florence evacuees

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Tennessee will allow residents who evacuated from North and South Carolina due to Hurricane Florence to attend its game in Knoxville on Saturday against UTEP for free. (Getty Images)
Tennessee will allow residents who evacuated from North and South Carolina due to Hurricane Florence to attend its game in Knoxville on Saturday against UTEP for free. (Getty Images)

Many residents in North Carolina and South Carolina are scrambling this week to prepare for the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall on Friday morning.

The storm not only has caused plenty of changes to the weekend’s football schedule, but it has also prompted an evacuation order for more than 1 million people. As thousands of people head inland to avoid the worst of the storm, many will be looking for things to do while riding it out before it’s safe to head back. Tennessee football is here to help.

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced on Wednesday that anyone displaced by the storm this weekend can attend the Volunteers’ game on Saturday against UTEP for free.

“Our hearts go out to all the families whose lives have been impacted by the hurricanes and tropical storms along the Atlantic coast,” Tennessee athletic director Philip Fulmer said in a release. “One of our four pillars is warmth, and we feel this is an appropriate way to bring that to life. Certainly, a football game is relatively insignificant in comparison to the realities these evacuees are facing. But if we can provide just a few hours of distraction and normalcy for these families, I believe we should do all we can to make that possible for them.”

Tickets will be made available to residents of North Carolina and South Carolina and their immediate families who live in counties under the evacuation order, and can be picked up outside Neyland Stadium on Saturday morning. Chick-fil-A also donated 500 chicken biscuits for evacuees attending the game, too.

Florida follows Tennessee’s lead

Following Tennessee’s lead, Florida decided to follow suit Thursday. Free tickets will be available for the Gators’ 4 p.m. home game against Colorado State.

“Residents of North Carolina and South Carolina counties under evacuation orders may claim four tickets from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Gators Season Ticket Holder Rep tent located in Fan Fest. A valid, state-issued ID for North Carolina or South Carolina is required to receive the tickets. Ticket distribution will close at 2:30 p.m,” a press release from the Florida athletic department said.

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