09/29 19:49 CDT Buccaneers, Chiefs will play in Tampa as scheduled
Buccaneers, Chiefs will play in Tampa as scheduled
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --- Sunday night's game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and
Kansas City Chiefs will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as
The Bucs spent most of this week in the Miami area preparing for the
highly-anticipated prime-time matchup featuring quarterbacks Tom Brady and
Patrick Mahomes to avoid direct contact with Hurricane Ian.
Tampa Bay practiced at the Miami Dolphins' training facility Wednesday and
Thursday, when the teams announced the game will be played in its home stadium
after assessing damage caused by the storm.
"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the many thousands in the Southwest
Florida region who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian," the team said
in a statement.
"We are also very thankful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging
consequences of this powerful storm," the statement added. "We have informed
the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to
play Sunday night's game ... at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled."
If the Bucs and Chiefs had not been able to play in Tampa, the NFL had said the
game would have been switched the Minnesota Vikings' stadium in Minneapolis.
"We would like to thank all of the local government agencies and the thousands
of emergency personnel who worked tirelessly over the past few days to ensure
that our area would be ready to respond if needed," the Bucs said. "We would
also like to acknowledge the Miami Dolphins organization for their assistance
and hospitality in allowing us to use their practice facilities."
The Glazer family, owners of the Buccaneers, are donating $1 million to assist
in relief efforts to organizations that are providing support to those who have
been most impacted by the storm in Southwest Florida and throughout the state.
"The destruction suffered in Southwest Florida and the damage inflicted
throughout our state will be felt for some time," Buccaneers co-owner Darcie
Glazer Kassewitz said in a statement. "It will take entire communities
resiliently working together for an extended period and our family is committed
to aiding in the recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with the countless
people affected, the heroic first responders and all of those helping to keep
Brady announced on Twitter he's donating to the Florida Disaster Fund and
encouraged others to contribute.
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