The ink is drying on the contract. It’s happening.
However you want to say it, Miami and Florida will renew their rivalry — for one more game, at least.
As we previously reported, the longtime rivals planned to play in 2019 in Orlando. The sides made it official Tuesday with an announcement by Camping World, which will sponsor the game and the stadium it will be played in.
They gane will be held at the place formerly known as the Citrus Bowl. It is now known as Camping World Stadium.
A date has not been set for the game, which will be televised by ESPN. UF spokesperson Will Pantages told the Post the teams plan to play in September, and the intention is to begin the season. However, those and other key details — like ticket pricing, how tickets will be distributed between the schools — have yet to be determined.
So while you shouldn’t book travel plans for 2019 just yet, you can rest assured the game will be played.
“We are pleased to have partnered with Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN events to kick off the 2019 season against Miami,” UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said in a press release distributed by his school. “Orlando is a great Gator city and we look forward to playing in front of our fans from all over the state of Florida and beyond.”
UM Athletics Director Blake James, who did not immediately return a phone call, has since at least 2014 been trying to lock down a neutral-site game for the teams. Orlando was the most logical choice, despite its proximity to Gainesville.
It will be the second tough early matchup for the Hurricanes, who previously signed a deal to open the 2018 season against LSU in Arlington, Texas.
Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis, a UM alum, said he was “thrilled that a Florida and Miami matchup is on the schedule.”
The last Hurricanes-Gators game was a 21-16 win by UM at Sun Life Stadium in 2013. It was also thought to be their last dance for a while. The teams first met in 1938 and faced off every year from 1944 to 1987. The Canes lead the 55-game series 29-26 and have won seven of the last eight.
The UF-UM game will be the third in a Camping World Kickoff series that includes the 2016 and 2018 openers in Orlando. Those are also ACC vs. SEC: Florida State meets Mississippi this September and Louisville faces Alabama in 2018.