Around 11 a.m., I heard that an e-mail making its way around Parking & Transportation said the Epic Festival of music scheduled for the Fair Expo Center Saturday has been cancelled. And an 11:07 a.m. Tweet from the Epic Festival says Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shut Epic down. On another website, Epic tells ticket holders something stinks while telling them refunds will be coming.
The follow up to what I heard was that this should open up the normal tailgating areas at Tamiami Park for Saturday's FIU football season opener against Bethune-Cookman. More information should be coming later today.
By the way, FIU's going all out on the freebies Saturday to pull in a crowd for this nationally-televised game. It's what they did for the East Carolina and Marshall games last year to make sure the NCAA didn't slap them for light attendance.
They don't have to worry about the Bethune end. Bethune sold the most single game visitors tickets of FIU's six visiting schools in 2013. FIU's worried about getting the FIU crowd. To that end, FIU's throwing free tickets around town -- hey, if you can't sell 'em, distribute them -- talking free food for students and tuition giveaways. As "One Froggy Evening" demonstrated, if they said "free beer," FIU and Bethune would be playing to a packed and swaying house.