After days of unknowns about where they’d be playing Sunday night because of Hurricane Ian, the Chiefs and their fans officially have an answer.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled, the Buccaneers announced Thursday.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the many thousands in the Southwest Florida region who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian,” the Buccaneers said in a statement. “We are also very thankful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging consequences of this powerful storm.
“We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled.”
The NFL had a backup plan in place in case the game couldn’t be played in Tampa. The Chiefs were prepared to head to Minneapolis to play the Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Thursday’s announcement, however, means the Chiefs and Buccaneers can go forward with their original planning for the prime-time game.
Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon along the Florida Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. While multiple communities, including Fort Myers, were in the Ian’s direct path, Tampa escaped the effects of the storm relatively unscathed.