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Florida Gulf Coast’s Alico Arena is serving as a shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees

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Dunk City has opened its doors

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Florida Gulf Coast v North Carolina Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

With Hurricane Irma forcing residents across Florida to leave their homes, the state has opened Florida Gulf Coast’s basketball arena to evacuees.

Alico Arena, which hosts Florida Gulf Coast’s basketball and volleyball teams, seats 4,500 and the main arena covers 20,000 square feet. It can shelter up to 1,600 people, according to a report from Naples Daily News.

Over the weekend, as Irma approached Florida, pictures from inside Alico Arena began to appear on social media.

Ni a Madonna pues. Tanto protocolo para esperar a la Irma

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While Alico Arena remains open for evacuees, campus is still closed and will remain so until next Monday, Sept. 18. The university has also canceled a number of its athletic events. A full list of schedule changes can be found here.