Sunday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as originally scheduled, the NFL announced Thursday.
The NFL had chosen US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as the emergency site for the game after the Bucs evacuated the area due to Hurricane Ian.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the many thousands in the Southwest Florida area who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian,” the Bucs said in a statement Thursday. “We are also very grateful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the worst of this powerful storm.
“We have notified the NFL, after consultation with local and state authorities, that we are prepared to play Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled.”
The Bucs also expressed their gratitude to first responders and emergency responders “who are already battling the elements, saving lives and helping our neighbors in the hardest-hit areas to our south.”
The Buccaneers have relocated their players, coaches and some of their families to the South Florida area and have trained at the Miami Dolphins facility.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.
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