Hurricane Ian may drive relocation of Kansas Metropolis Chiefs-Tampa Bay Buccaneers sport to Minnesota… with the NFL selecting US Financial institution Stadium as an alternate web site if vital
- The NFL is consulting with native authorities for updates on the storm & its affect
- League officers will contemplate the affect the sport may have on native restoration efforts earlier than a choice on the place to play the match is made
- Hurricane Ian made landfall west of Cape Coral and Fort Meyers with most sustained winds of 150 miles per hour as a Class 4 hurricane
The NFL has chosen a contingency web site within the case that injury from Hurricane Ian forces the sport between the Chiefs and Buccaneers to be moved.
A sport was set to be performed on Sunday Night time Soccer at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, however results from the storm may drive the NFL to take motion and transfer.
NFL EVP of Communications Jeff Miller stated the league is talking to native authorities for updates on the storm and its results on the Tampa Bay space.
If the sport is compelled to be moved, the NFL says the sport will likely be performed at US Financial institution Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota – the house of the Minnesota Vikings.
US Financial institution Stadium – dwelling of the Minnesota Vikings – has been designated as a backup web site
If situations in Tampa Bay drive the Bucs-Chiefs sport to maneuver, it will likely be performed in Minneapolis
The Vikings are enjoying their sport towards the New Orleans Saints this Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
NFL Community’s Judy Battista says the league will weigh a number of elements earlier than making a name on the sport – together with the affect enjoying may have on native sources wanted for restoration and catastrophe reduction.
The league plans to seek the advice of groups, native leaders, and people immediately concerned with catastrophe reduction earlier than making a remaining resolution.
The Buccaneers plan to apply away from the storm in Miami this week, because the Dolphins are enjoying away in Cincinnati on Thursday evening.
Bucs workforce and employees members and their households all made the journey to Miami to evacuate the realm forward of time, with security of these concerned with the group a high precedence.
Tampa Bay (pictured) noticed water ranges recede forward of the storm’s affect on the realm
‘Miami got here up and it appeared prefer it wasn’t going to hit us laborious [here], and it was a better journey,’ Bucs head coach Todd Bowles stated.
‘So individuals who have pets and every part else, and older grandparents and fogeys that had been with them may drive down. They needed to be nearer to their households, in order that performed into it quite a bit.
‘We’ll attempt to go about enterprise as regular, and it is just a little totally different, however everyone’s households are protected, so hopefully we will focus.’
Bowles added that his workforce is specializing in preparation for the sport forward and says the workforce will likely be unfazed no matter wherever they play.
‘Hopefully it’s Tampa, and every part is ok, and meaning we’re not broken an excessive amount of,’ Bowles stated. ‘But when we now have to play elsewhere, we simply must focus and lock in. Nobody’s going to really feel sorry for us, so we have to be able to play.’
Hurricane Ian first made landfall close to the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Meyers on Florida’s west coast, situated some 90 miles south of Raymond James Stadium. It hit made landfall as a Class 4 hurricane with most sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.