Not surprisingly, the NFL preseason game between Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans has been switched from Houston to Dallas.
“Due to public safety concerns resulting from the ongoing weather emergency related to Hurricane Harvey, the game has been Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans game originally scheduled to be played in Houston at 7 p.m. CT has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington,” the NFL said in a statement. “Kickoff on Thursday will remain at 7 p.m. CT. Details on tickets, parking and other game day logistics will be announced later this week.”
The relocation of the game was anticipated after the hurricane slammed into Southeastern Texas over the weekend, causing substantial and unprecedented flooding in the region. Over the weekend, Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones offered to host the game at AT&T Stadium.
The Texans practiced Monday at the Cowboys’ facility in Frisco, Texas, after they opted not to fly back to Houston following their game against the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana over the weekend.
The Houston Chronicle reported NRG Stadium – home of the Texans – remains undamaged but there is flooding nearby.
The development comes hours after the Texans announced they are donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood relief fund. The NFL Foundation is matching the Texans’ donation and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is matching up to $1 million in donations to American Red Cross relief efforts in the region.