The University of Connecticut football team has moved the starting time of its Oct. 5 game against South Florida from 7 p.m. to noon due to concerns over the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus.
This shift in game time comes after detection of the EEE in 21 towns across Connecticut.
“Though the risk is low, as a precaution, we want to take any reasonable steps we can to help reduce the exposure of student-athletes, staff and the public to this illness,” UConn President Thomas Katsouleas said in a statement regarding the game.
According to the New Haven Register, fans who are unable to attend the game because of the time change can exchange their ticket for one of UConn’s three remaining home games.
Third-semester communication major Dominick Zampino was not deterred by the time change.
“I love UConn football,” Zampino said. “Doesn’t matter the time of day, I’ll be at the game.”
The decision comes with the recommendation of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, after the disease killed two Connecticut residents and three other people in New England, according to CBS Sports.
High schools throughout the Hartford area and across eastern Connecticut have shifted starting times for football games to ones earlier during the day, according to the New Haven Register.
For more information, call the ticket office at 1-877-AT-UCONN (288-2666).
Grace Burns is campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.