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UConn changes start time vs. USF due to EEE concerns

Field Level Media

September 30, 2019 at 4:54 pm.

The University of Connecticut’s football game against visiting South Florida on Saturday will be moved up seven hours due to the threat of a mosquito-borne virus in the state.

Kickoff, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, will now take place at noon.

The state’s Department of Public Health issued a warning about mosquitos in the region and the mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, which has led to the death of two Connecticut residents this year.

Mosquitos are most active from dusk until dawn, and UConn is recommending that all outdoor activities at night be rescheduled.

“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. “I want to thank the conference, USF and our own division of athletics for their flexibility.”

— Field Level Media