Florida State Seminoles offer football game tickets to Florida residents displaced by Hurricane Ian

Florida State University offering free football tickets to those affected by Hurricane Ian – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Felix Mizioznikov

Florida State University is giving away free tickets to Saturday’s homecoming football game to those who have been displaced by the devastating hurricane that recently hit the Sunshine State.

According to FSU athletic director Michael Alford, Floridians can claim up to four tickets by showing their state-issued identification card at FSU’s baseball stadium’s ticket office beginning Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

The No. 23 Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) host No. 22 Wake Forest (3-1, 0-1 ACC) for homecoming Saturday afternoon.

While several teams throughout the state have moved the location or date of their games because of Hurricane Ian, Alford has repeatedly stated that the Seminoles are set to play on Saturday, even after their campus closed ahead of the storm.

Wake Forest’s head coach Dave Clawson questioned whether the game should still be played in Tallahassee or not.

“You certainly hope the ACC office makes the right decision, and if they don’t, we will,” Clawson said during his Tuesday afternoon news conference. “We are not going to travel down there and put anybody at risk. We are monitoring the weather. Obviously, this is in the league’s hands, in Florida State’s hands. We would hope that they would make the right decision. But if we feel that there is any danger to our players going down there, we are not going to go.”

Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds shying away from a Category 5.

Now, the storm is on its way to South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina coasts and is expected to hit by Friday evening. The Charlotte area is bracing for rain, winds, flooding, and power outages as the now Category 1 storm is expected to barrel inland. “Life threatening” storm surge and hurricane-force winds are also expected to hit southern Virginia.

Ian has devastated Florida. “Many families are hurting today, and our country hurts with them,” President Biden said on Thursday.

“We’re continuing to see deadly rainfall, catastrophic storm surges, roads and homes flooded, millions of people without power and thousands hunkered down in schools and community centers. They’re wondering what’s going to be left when they get to go home.”

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