Michigan’s holiday trip to the Bahamas is still on schedule.
While Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of the Bahamas earlier this week, Paradise Island in Nassau — where the Wolverines will travel for November's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament — wasn’t in the direct path of the tropical storm’s destruction.
“A few islands in the Bahamas were impacted strongly by the storm,” Rachela Tirelli, assistant director of public relations for the Atlantis resort, told The Detroit News on Wednesday. “We weren't affected. We had some rain and winds and everything, but we're fully operational. The hotel is open so we're all good. This won't impact the tournament at all in any way.”
Tirelli added there was no damage to the Atlantis resort, where the Battle 4 Atlantis event takes place, although areas in Nassau did flood due to excessive rain.
“That's already dissipated,” Tirelli said. “We were very fortunate. The storm went north of us, so we didn't actually get the brunt of the storm.”
Ed Fields, Atlantis’ senior vice president of public affairs, told The Nassau Guardian on Tuesday the storm provided minor hurdles in the resort’s operating procedures, with employees having issues getting to work due to the flooding and outdoor activities being suspended for clean-up purposes.
Fields added the resort’s beaches are in good condition.
Michigan will open the eight-team, three-day Thanksgiving tournament at noon on Nov. 27 against Iowa State. All games are played in Imperial Arena, a 50,000-square-foot grand ballroom at Atlantis that's converted into a basketball venue.
"Everything is on (as planned),” Tirelli said “We're still rocking and rolling.”
Battle 4 Atlantis
At Imperial Arena, Nassau, Bahamas
All times EST
Wednesday, Nov. 27
►Game 1: Michigan vs. Iowa State, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
►Game 2: North Carolina vs. Alabama, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
►Game 3: Gonzaga vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
►Game 4: Seton Hall vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thursday, Nov. 28
►Game 5: Michigan-Iowa State winner vs. North Carolina-Alabama winner, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
►Game 6: Gonzaga-Southern Miss winner vs. Seton Hall-Oregon winner, 4 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
►Game 7: Michigan-Iowa State loser vs. North Carolina-Alabama loser, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
►Game 8: Gonzaga-Southern Miss loser vs. Seton Hall-Oregon loser, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Friday, Nov. 29
►Third-place game: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
►Championship: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
►Fifth-place game: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
►Seventh-place game: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS)