The Miami Dolphins were scheduled to play their season opener at home this weekend in Miami against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Hurricane Irma’s pending track has caused the NFL to reevaluate where that and other games are to be played.
A statement released by the league said, “In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate.”
As of now, the game is off of the the program calendar, but may be rescheduled or moved to a new location later, depending upon the outcome of Irma.
The Miami Dolphins are not the only sports team spinning from Irma’s possible course. The ironically-named University of Miami Hurricanes, announced they’re cancelling their game against Arkansas State scheduled for Saturday.
Florida State University has moved their Saturday game up to Noon, but that could change again, if Irma looms near.
Major League Baseball’s Florida Marlins are getting out of the path of Irma – and they’re taking their families and pets with them. The MLB franchise announced that the Marlins along with their entourages will be be allowed on the team charter, according to manager Don Mattingly. They’re set to push off today and head to a four-game series in Atlanta, then 3 games in Philadelphia.
September weekends are huge for high school sports programs, but countless teams are cancelling and postponing games until Irma is out and away from Florida.
If you have tickets to any sporting event in the next week, check the team’s or ticket sales’ website for up-to-date information about games, postponements, and cancellations.
More importantly, stay informed of Hurricane Irma’s projected path and finalize your plans for the storm, should it impact your area.