Postponements for South Florida’s sports schedule begins ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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Updated Tuesday, 6:20 p.m.

A busy South Florida sports weekend has been impacted because of Hurricane Matthew with high school football games around Miami-Dade and Broward counties either canceled or postponed.

There has been no decision on Saturday’s nationally-televised showdown between Miami and Florida State or Sunday’s Miami Dolphins game at Hard Rock Stadium. The Florida Panthers preseason game against visiting Tampa Bay is also on as scheduled.

Right now, anyway.

On Tuesday, high school events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties scheduled for Wednesday were halted.

More schedule changes could come Wednesday after Broward County was placed under a hurricane watch on Tuesday.

Following that announcement, Broward superintendent Robert W. Runcie said public schools would be closed on Thursday and Friday meaning there will be no football games and other athletic events on those days.

Although Broward private schools do not have to follow what the public schools do, it’s expected those games will be moved as well.

Palm Beach, Martin and Port St. Lucie schools also will be closed Thursday and Friday. A decision on Miami-Dade schools will come later.

Football games at Hialeah’s Milander Park scheduled for this weekend (Hialeah vs. Coral Gables and HML vs. American) have been postponed as has Norland’s game against host American Heritage-Delray on Friday.

Both Miami-Dade and Broward schools halted all sporting events scheduled for Wednesday. Broward will continue that into the weekend.

Tuesday evening, forecasters widened a hurricane watch to include Golden Beach, stretching north to Central Florida’s coast as the forecast track shifted farther west. A tropical storm watch extended from the middle Keys north to Lake Okeechobee.

While the UM-FSU game is still on as scheduled, Miami coach Mark Richt said he has a contingency plan in case classes at his Coral Gables campus are canceled.

According to Barry Jackson, Miami could practice at the Dolphins’ facility in Davie if there are no classes and players do not have to rush back. If classes go on as scheduled, Miami could move its practice indoors to the Wellness Center and volleyball gym.

“I never had to deal with a hurricane,” Richt, the former Georgia head coach, said.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he was keeping the people of Haiti and others being hit by the storm in his thoughts.

“I don’t know exactly when it’s hitting or what the forecast looks like for the weekend,” Tannehill told reporters. “I’m feeling for Haiti and the islands right now – the Bahamas – just seeing that massive storm come. I’m praying for those people.”

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Gulfstream Park has already announced racing at the former Calder Race Course (now called Gulfstream West) has been called off through Friday; Everglades National Park is also closing Tuesday and will not reopen until the storm passes.

The Panthers could make a decision on Thursday’s preseason game against Tampa Bay by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

The Panthers are playing in Dallas on Tuesday night and will fly back to South Florida following their game there.

Below is a list of all the major sporting events scheduled for this weekend; each day’s events will be updated upon notification of a change.

CLICK HERE: What’s open and closed in South Florida

Links below are to individual team/schools Twitter accounts.


▪ High school sports

Canceled in Miami-Dade, Broward counties


▪ Preseason NHL hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, BB&T Center; 7:30

▪ High school football



Mater Academy at Goleman, 4

North Miami at Columbus, 5

NMB vs. Miami Beach (N. Miami), 7

Coral Park vs. Braddock (Tropical), 7

Palmetto vs. Edison (Curtis), 7

Dillard vs. Monarch (Coconut Creek), 7 — ppd

Coral Gables vs. Hialeah (Milander) — ppd


▪ High school football



Westminster Christian at Chaminade-Madonna, 3:30

Westland Hialeah vs. Mourning (N. Miami), 3:30

Varela at Hialeah Gardens, 3:30

Sunset at Miami Springs, 3:30

Keys Gate at Belen, 4

Miami Country Day at Marathon, 7

Riviera Beach Inlet Grove at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

Pinecrest Prep at Highlands Christian, 7

Homestead vs. Miami High (Curtis), 7

Gulliver at St. Pete Admiral Farragut, 7

Booker T. vs. Northwestern (Traz), 7:30

Southridge vs. Killian (Tropical), 7:30

Carol City vs. Southwest (Southridge), 7:30

Ferguson vs. South Dade (Harris), 7:30

American vs. HML (Milander) — ppd

Clewiston at Monsignor Pace, 7:30

La Salle at Ransom Everglades, 7:30

Florida Christian at Coral Shores, 7:30

Deerfield Beach at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 — ppd

Flanagan vs. Plantation (PAL), 7 — ppd

Cardinal Gibbons at Blanche Ely, 7 — ppd

Boyd Anderson at Coral Springs, 7 — ppd

Piper at Douglas, 7 — ppd

West Broward at McArthur, 7 — ppd

Cypress Bay at Miramar, 7 — ppd

Hallandale at Coconut Creek, 7 — ppd

Stranahan at South Broward, 7 — ppd

Calvary Christian at Coral Springs Charter (Coral Glades), 7 — ppd

Cooper City at Western, 7 — ppd

Northeast at Nova, 7 — ppd

Everglades at South Plantation, 7 — ppd

Taravella vs. Hollywood Hills (Cooper City), 7 — ppd

Fort Lauderdale at Vero Beach, 7 — ppd

North Broward Prep at Westminster Academy — ppd. to Saturday

Pine Crest at Kings Academy, 7 — ppd

Pines Charter at Pompano Beach, 7 — ppd

Coral Glades at Key West, 7 — ppd

Norland at American Heritage-Delray — ppd


▪ College football

Florida State at Miami, Hard Rock Stadium (ABC); 8 p.m.

Charlotte at FAU, Boca Raton; 3:30 p.m.

▪ NASL soccer

Oklahoma City at Miami FC, FIU Stadium; 8 p.m.

▪ High school football

Central vs. Jackson (Traz), noon

North Broward Prep at Westminster Academy, 6

Reagan vs. South Miami (Tropical), 7


▪ NFL football

Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium; 1


▪ NBA basketball

Miami Heat Red, White & Pink Game, AmericanAirlines Arena; 7:30


▪ Preseason NBA basketball

Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat, AmericanAirlines Arena, 7:30