NFL decides venue for Bucs-Chiefs game
The NFL offered a contingency plan this week in case Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to be moved to a new location, but that won’t be necessary.
The NFL announced Thursday that the Chiefs and Bucs have been cleared to play at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa was thankfully spared the worst of Hurricane Ian, which decimated many areas along Florida’s west coast when it made landfall Wednesday. The NFL’s biggest concern was taking resources away from the state to stage a game, but officials gave the league the go-ahead.
The Tampa Sports Authority informed the NFL on Thursday that it has full resources in terms of emergency services, law enforcement, and more. to host Sunday night’s game between the Bucs and Chiefs at RJS. It is now up to the league to make the final decision.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 29, 2022
Had the NFL been forced to move the game, it would have been played at US Bank Stadium in Minnesota. We came up with an alternate location which would have made a lot of sense, but the Bucs will host the game as originally planned.
The Bucs moved their practices this week to Miami, which was not directly in the path of Hurricane Ian. The Dolphins flew to Cincinnati early for their Thursday night game against the Bengals.