With Hurricane Irma forcing residents across Florida to leave their homes, the state has opened Florida Gulf Coast’s basketball arena to evacuees.
IRMA UPDATE | Alico Arena will open as a public shelter at 10 a.m. today. Campus will remain closed through at least Wednesday.— FGCU Eagles (@FGCUEagles) September 9, 2017
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.
Alico Arena on Saturday night pic.twitter.com/FBl7ZELgI1— Matthew & Mackenzie (@MattandMackenzi) September 10, 2017
Lines are long but Alico Arena on #FGCU campus accepting evacuees! Officials say they won't turn anyone away and will make room! @Fox4Now pic.twitter.com/rGnpcMhxKg— Jillian Idle (@JillianIdle) September 9, 2017
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.