The University of Florida is open to hosting events involving professional sports teams looking for a way to play during the coronavirus pandemic, athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement Thursday.
After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday all professional sports teams are welcome in the state for practicing and playing, Stricklin reached out to discuss the facilities in Gainesville, Fla. DeSantis mentioned in an appearance on Fox News on Thursday that he had already spoken to the University of Florida.
“I’ve already spoke with some of our colleges, like the University of Florida,” DeSantis said. “They got a great football stadium, the Swamp, that’s not used on Sundays. So if an NFL team needs a place to land, we could work that out, too.”
It’s unclear which other universities DeSantis spoke with about the possibilities.
In his statement Stricklin said: “Our priority is the well-being of Gator student-athletes, staff and fans, and we are working toward the day when we can once again engage with those groups safely on campus. Following Governor DeSantis’ comment yesterday inviting other pro teams to participate in our state, I reached out to remind him that UF…