Tampa – The Hillsborough County Public Schools Athletics Office has announced that all high school football games originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 due to the Republican National Convention in Tampa the week of Aug. 27- 30.
The district announced in June that it would not hold any sporting events that week.
Concerns were raised about security for Friday night football games, because local law enforcement officers likely still would be on RNC-related assignments, and would not be available to serve as off-duty security.
After almost two months of discussions and negotiations, Athletic Director Lanness Robinson informed schools Wednesday that there would be sufficient numbers of law enforcement officers and game officials to work Saturday night games.
Plant City High will begin its 2012 football season Sept. 1 at Strawberry Crest, while Durant visits Freedom High (Tampa).