Week 1 of the regular NFL season, has the Texans and the Jaguars facing off in Houston at the NRG Stadium. Although the stadium itself avoided major damage from Hurricane Harvey, two other cities have offered up their homes if Houston needs it.
Even though the NRG didn’t sustain much damage, it’s more about Houston and the resources this game would take away from people in need like policemen, firemen and emergency personnel. Not to mention, the people traveling to the game would need to get in and out of the stadium safely, which at this moment isn’t a guarantee.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars said that they would be willing to switch stadiums and have the first game in Florida. The Texans have insisted that the game will continue as planned, but if not at least they have a solid offer.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars will support whatever scheduling decision the NFL makes,” Khan said in a statement. “What’s most important to me and everyone in Jacksonville isn’t where we’ll play the Texans on Week 1, but that the City of Houston and its people recover quickly, safely and successfully.”
If the Texans do take up the Jaguars on their offer, the potential switch would mean that the Jaguars would close the season with three straight road games. So this is a very kind gesture on their part.
San Antonio is also willing to help. The city’s director of the convention and sports facilities department, Michael Sawaya, told the Houston Chronicle that the Texans would be welcome to play at the Alamodome.
“The Alamodome has not been contacted about the possibility of moving the Texans season opener to the Alamodome, however we have made NRG Stadium management and the Texans aware that we could host the game if they should need to relocate for Sunday, Sept. 10,” Sawaya said.
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The Alamodome hosted the Saints for three games in 2005 after Hurrican Katrina struck New Orleans, so they already have experience with hospitability. It seems though, that the GM wants the game to stay in Houston.
“The game is at NRG. It’s scheduled to be played at NRG, so it will be played at NRG,” Rick Smith said on Wednesday.
The Texans aren’t scheduled for another home game until October, so this would give them a decent amount of time to recover if they do choose to relocate. Either way, it’s nice to see the sports world come together after such a devastating natural disaster.