Florida Adjusts Travel Plans To Salt Lake In Wake Of Idalia

Aug 28, 2023, 3:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – The Florida Gators will be heading to Salt Lake City this week to take on the University of Utah Utes, but in the wake of Idalia, are having to adjust their travel plans.

Tropical storm Idalia is expected to hit Florida as a hurricane early on Thursday- the exact day the Gators were planning on flying to Utah.

With that news in mind, Florida has had to make different plans according to Scott Carter who writes for floridagators.com. According to Carter, Florida will now begin their journey to SLC on Tuesday making a stop in Dallas, Texas. The Gators will then fly into Salt Lake from Dallas on Wednesday.

Utah Utes Stranded In Florida Last Year

Last year it was the Utes who had some issues with travel in the Utah versus Florida series.

After a tough loss in Gainesville, Utah football ended up stranded in Florida due to mechanical issues with their plane.

According to a source for KSL Sports last year, the team and staff were stuck on the plane from about 1 am Sunday, September 4 until around 5 am when they were finally deplaned. Utah then sat at a terminal in the Gainesville Regional Airport.

Because of the long Labor Day weekend, accommodations were tight in Gainesville, but the University of Florida and their athletic department intervened to give the Utes as much comfort as possible till they could head back to Utah.

The Utes finally made it home at 7:21 p.m. MT on September 4 to get ready for their first home game that week against Southern Utah.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on XInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

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Florida Adjusts Travel Plans To Salt Lake In Wake Of Idalia