Last year North Carolina and Michigan State made history when the two teams played the first basketball game ever aboard an aircraft carrier, and the military and NCAA are teaming up once again this year. Florida and Georgetown are slated to play aboard the amphibious assault ship the Bataan on November 9, Fox affiliate WAWS reports.
The event will take place as part of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic, and will mark the first time a basketball game has been played on an active amphibious assault ship. The Bataan will be situated in Florida's Naval Station Mayport, where it will be joined by two other ships. Aside from being a unique event, the Navy hopes it can help bring the local community together.
"This is a unique opportunity for the Navy and Marine Corps team, and to join together to honor our veterans and active-duty military," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the news channel.
The matchup between the Hoyas and the Gators won't be the only game to be hosted on a deck of a ship. The Carrier Classic will be held onboard the decommissioned carrier Yorktown and feature a doubleheader between Ohio State and Marquette on the men's side and Ohio State and Notre Dame on the women's side. That game is also set for November 9, Military Times reports.