How Hurricane Dorian is Impacting the Sports World

By , RADIO.COM Sports

Hurricane Dorian is making its way toward Florida this weekend and President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency as the storm awaits.

On Thursday, the storm was upgraded to a Category 3 on Friday and could intensify to a Category 4 by the time it makes landfall, which could happen over Labor Day weekend.

The powerful storm also means that sports in Florida will have to be put on the back-burner or go into contingency plans as the state prepares for the worst.

Here is how Hurricane Dorian is affecting the sports calendar:

Florida State vs. Boise St.

What was originally slated as a 7 p.m. primetime game in Jacksonville on Saturday has now been moved to a noon in Tallahassee as they not only aim to get the game in before the storm hits, but also hopefully move the location of the game out the storm’s path.

South Florida vs. Wisconsin

This matchup appears to be in luck. The game was scheduled for Friday night, which should be plenty of time before the storm is expected to hit.

Tampa Bay Rays

-The Rays open up a 10-game homestand this weekend, starting with the Cleveland Indians, but those games should not be affected as the hurricane is not expected to reach Tampa by then. However, their games against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday could be impacted as the storm cuts through the state. Contingency plans of postponing games and playing doubleheaders, or moving the games to a neutral site, have been discussed, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins are on the road this weekend and should not be affected by the storm.

Orlando Pride and Orlando City S.C.

The Orlando Pride, the National Women’s Soccer League team, has postponed their game with the Washington Spirit on Saturday and have rescheduled it for Oct. 5.

Meanwhile, their MLS counterpart — Orlando City S.C. — has a game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, but they have not made any decision to cancel the game as of 2 p.m. on Friday.

Minor League Baseball

The Class-A Advanced Florida State League and Rookie-level Gulf Coast League have both postponed the remainder of their seasons, including the postseason, in anticipation of the storm. This is the fourth time the leagues have postponed their seasons early, with two previous times coming due to hurricanes in 2004 and 2017 and the other in 2001 due to the aftermath of 9/11.