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Decision on Chiefs-Dolphins Game Could come Today
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On October 20, 2005 @ 7:09 am In Latest News | Comments Disabled
[Kansas City.com] The weather Wednesday in Miami wasn’t much for the local chamber of commerce to brag about: cloudy, muggy, off-and-on thunderstorms.
Still, that might be considered ideal compared with what they’re expecting in South Florida this weekend, when the Chiefs are scheduled to play the Dolphins. Hurricane Wilma, which forecasters are calling one of the season’s strongest storms, was predicted to be bound for Florida.
The situation is serious enough that Saturday’s college football game between Miami and Georgia Tech was postponed. It was uncertain whether the Chiefs-Dolphins game will be played at noon Sunday as scheduled – or even played in Miami.
The game could be moved to a neutral site or be played at Arrowhead Stadium.
A decision by the NFL could come today.
“We’re monitoring the hurricane and we continue to be in contact with both the Chiefs and Dolphins,” the NFL’s Steve Alic said.
There is precedent for moving the game. The league moved a 2003 game between the Dolphins and Chargers from San Diego to Tempe, Ariz., because Qualcomm Stadium was being used as an evacuation area for residents affected by wildfires.
Early this season, New Orleans played what was supposed to be a home game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium because of damage to the Superdome caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The league will look at several factors, including the possibility that Miami won’t have the necessary infrastructure to play host to the game.
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