TAMPA, Fla. – Sunday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as scheduled.
In an effort to avoid direct contact with Hurricane Ian, Buccaneers players have spent much of the week in the Miami area preparing for the highly anticipated matchup, which will feature quarterbacks Tom Brady for the Buccaneers and Patrick Mahomes for the Chiefs.
Brady and his teammates practiced at the Miami Dolphins practice complex on Wednesday and Thursday, the day the team announced the game would be played at their stadium after conducting a storm damage assessment.
« Our thoughts and prayers remain with the thousands of citizens of the Southwest Florida region who were hard hit by Hurricane Ian, » Buccaneers management said in a statement.
“We are also very grateful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging consequences of this powerful storm,” added the Florida organization.
« We have notified the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are prepared to play Sunday night’s game … at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled. »
The Glazer family, which owns the Buccaneers, will donate $1 million to organizations providing relief to those hardest hit by the hurricane.
If the Buccaneers and Chiefs weren’t able to play in Tampa, the NFL said the game would be moved to the Minnesota Vikings’ home in Minneapolis.