Tampa mayor says Sunday night’s Buccaneers game should be played as scheduled

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The mayor of Tampa says the city is already making progress in its recovery from Hurricane Ian, and the Buccaneers should host the Chiefs on Sunday night as scheduled.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor wrote on Twitter this morning that the city will be ready for Sunday Night Football.

“We made it through—now the recovery efforts begin. I can’t thank our City of Tampa teams enough. Our push crews are going out in full force to clear debris and keep our city safe,” Castor wrote. “On another note: we’re doing our best to keep the Buccaneers game here Sunday. I have assured the NFL that the only disturbance here Sunday is when the Bucs kick ass.”

The NFL has not officially confirmed that the Bucs game will go on as planned, but given the mayor’s enthusiastic endorsement, there appears to be little doubt that it’s game on for Sunday night.

28 responses to “Tampa mayor says Sunday night’s Buccaneers game should be played as scheduled

  1. IF you have the resources and no one is missing in Tampa ..do it…IF NOT, take care of the Tampa , Clearwater and St. Petersburg residents. Take care of Tampa Bay region

  2. I’m not even going to lie… this is one of those situations where there is no right answer. If my home and/or business was affected by this storm and I have tickets, attending this game is the last thing on my mind. But if you live in the area but suffered relatively minor damage, then having this game is a good distraction.

  3. She doesn’t want to see that revenue leave town.
    Who can blame her? They need it more than ever right now.

  4. Prayers to all my Florida neighbors as we all recover from this disaster ,
    WE ARE ….FLORIDA STRONG !!!

  5. Tampa got rocked. And their solution is to have 70k people traveling on the roads to a football game? Stupid.

  6. I live in this area and we are fine for the most part. The game should be played at home. The rest of the state is quite bad depending on where but Tampa Bay is pretty calm right now.

  7. Of course the game should be played in Tampa. Chicago got more rain 2 weeks ago during the bears game than Tampa did yesterday. The damage is hours south.

  8. Calling Roger Goodell……I assume Tampa wasn’t too adversely affected but what about the surrounding communities and the traffic that might interfere with their recovery operations?If it were a one night only rock concert the show probably wouldn’t go on.

  9. Makes me wonder too about hotels.There should be priority given to people affected by the hurricane and not Bucs game attendees.

  10. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    September 29, 2022 at 11:52 am
    Tampa got rocked. And their solution is to have 70k people traveling on the roads to a football game? Stupid.

    You clearly don’t k ow what you’re talking about!
    Tampa did not get “rocked” the hurricane hit about 3 hours south of Tampa.
    I’m stationed in Tampa and with the exception of some wind gust and heavy rain (no worse than any other tropical storm) the area is fine.

  11. I don’t live in the area so I can only comment on what I saw on the news and on the internet. If that city can get that cleaned up and have a game, more power to them and a huge shoutout to the workers that got it cleaned up in time.

  12. Tampa did not get “rocked” goofy. If you don’t live here then your opinion means nothing. There is a very good reason why the game will be played here in Tampa. We are hours north of where the real damage occurred

  13. An understanding of Florida geography would really help those people who think the game shouldn’t be played.

  14. The NFL should make DeSean Watson help clean up the stadium and get it ready as part of his penance therapy

  15. Kudos to those who prepared and followed suggestions from local leaders and survived the storm.
    The tough part of rebuilding will begin and the cities and small towns
    Will come back better than ever!
    STAY STRONG FLORIDA!

  16. Tampa did not get rocked. It WAS in line for a direct hit until the hurricane path shifted to the south and Ft Myers, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte took the direct hit. Those places are well south of Tampa. There’s no reason to not have the game. I’m sure that some people would like the distraction.

  17. Just enjoying the comments from all the people that don’t live in Florida or anywhere near Tampa telling Tampa how to handle it’s business

  18. flash1224 says:
    September 29, 2022 at 12:28 pm
    KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    September 29, 2022 at 11:52 am
    Tampa got rocked. And their solution is to have 70k people traveling on the roads to a football game? Stupid.

    You clearly don’t k ow what you’re talking about!
    ////
    While other areas, like Ft Myers, have it much worse, Tampa still sustained a lot of damage and have over 500k without power. But ya, gotta play football!!

  19. randalpnaditch says:
    September 29, 2022 at 4:01 pm
    Just enjoying the comments from all the people that don’t live in Florida or anywhere near Tampa telling Tampa how to handle it’s business
    ////
    You do not have to live in Tampa proper to understand that there are much more important things the area has to deal with than football.

  20. 3 million people without power. Hey, I know!! Let’s light up a football stadium for several hours on end! Disaster all over the state. But who cares about those other areas?! Give me my football!!

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