Hurricane threat moves Coastal Carolina’s soccer game to Kennesaw State
University providing venue as CCU evacuates coast in advance of Hurricane Florence
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 12, 2018) — With Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast, Kennesaw State University is opening its athletic facilities to one of the universities in the potential path of the storm.
Coastal Carolina University’s women’s soccer game scheduled for Friday night in Conway, S.C., has been moved to the KSU Sports + Entertainment Park. Coastal Carolina will play Arkansas-Little Rock at 1 p.m. Friday on the field inside the KSU Outdoor Track and Field Facility, adjacent to Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Coastal Carolina contacted KSU women’s soccer coach Benji Walton about the possibility of playing the game in Kennesaw, and the agreement was coordinated by the University’s Department of Event and Venue Management.
“We were more than happy to offer our facilities and work out the details quickly to give Coastal Carolina this option,” said Zach Kerns, executive director of the KSU Sports + Entertainment Park. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our students, so we welcome any university that seeks our assistance in helping keep their students safe.”
In response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence and the mandatory evacuation issued by the South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Coastal Carolina has moved or canceled a number of athletic home events scheduled for this weekend.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.