GAINESVILLE, Fla. –If you look across the globe, the largest religious following in the world is Christianity. For the U.S, the same.
But when you zoom in on Gainesville, Florida, a different religion presents itself in the forefront — Gator sports.
Besides for the few in town who swear by another Florida academic institution, the majority of over 130,000 people closely follow and rally behind the Gators.
And when the Florida Gators are winning, the city is as well.
And then March 12 of 2020 came around. On March 12, any and all positive morale surrounding Florida athletics would suddenly come to a screeching halt.
The coronavirus pandemic began to sweep not just the nation, but the world.
Everything was about to change for the Gators.
For what was little known about the virus, there was one thing for certain. It would be a while until Gators fans and athletes themselves would be back around athletic competition.
The downward spiral of sports cancellations began for the SEC on Thursday, March 11 and continued throughout the next week. Ultimately, on March 17, the conference ruled all regular season and championship competitions would be canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year due to the rapid development of COVID-19.