Because the Republican National Convention is in Tampa from Aug. 27-30, all high school football openers involving the Hillsborough County School District have been moved back a day from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.
As reported by The Tampa Tribune
, the issue is security – simply, there is not expected to be enough of it with local police and sheriff's officers tied up with the RNC.
"We make sure to have ample security," school district athletic director Lanness Robinson told the newspaper. "We couldn't be assured of that if we tried to play games Friday during the week of the convention."
The school district also has cancelled all other sports events during the RNC, according to the report. Also factored in was the possible difficulty of getting around the city during the RNC because of traffic delays.
Local football coaches took the change in stride.
"Of course they had to do it (reschedule games to Saturday) because you couldn't move anything forward, you couldn't move anything backward and they couldn't eliminate the games they had. It was the logical choice," Robinson (Tampa, Fla.)
coach Mike DePue told the Tribune.
Politics and sports often intersect, and they will do so again later this month in the Tampa, Fla., area.