Florida may move season opener due to scheduling conflict

The Florida Gators may have to move their season opener against the Belmont Bruins due to a scheduling obligation they made with Amelia Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They agreed to play a game at the arena on Nov. 21, but have had trouble finding an opponent for that game.

The Gators and Bruins are scheduled to meet up in Jacksonville on Nov. 11, but will likely move this game to later in the month, meaning they would need to find a new opponent for the Nov. 11 game. They are also meeting up with the Mercer Bears on Nov. 13 in Jacksonville.

“We originally agreed to the Nov. 11 date with Belmont officials, but they have been flexible in working with us as we complete our nonconference schedule,” team spokesman Denver Parlor said Monday.

The Gators have had to piece together their 2016-17 nonconference schedule due to the renovations on the O’Connell Center. They will be ready to move back into their home stadium on Dec. 21 when they host the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.

One opponent that could be open to playing the Gators in Jacksonville on Nov. 11 is Albany, who had to cancel their game against Duke on that date due to state restrictions on funded travel to the state of North Carolina.

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