(WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving Thursday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins to Wednesday. The game change “is in an effort to avoid anticipated severe weather from Tropical Depression Nine which is expected to impact the Tampa Bay area,” the team said.
“We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather Service over the past day as it has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday,” Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said.
“This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff.”
The game will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. It is scheduled to air on News Channel 8.
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This is the Bucs’ final preseason game. They are currently 2-1 in preseason play.
The regular season kicks off Sept. 11 in Atlanta against the Falcons.
Storm Team 8 is monitoring a storm that could hit the Big Bend of Florida Thursday. The track is still subjected to change.
“Heavy rain associated with this tropical moisture will likely start Wednesday and totals of 4-8″+ are possible by Thursday evening. The heaviest rain will likely fall on Thursday though and isolated amounts of 10″ of rain will be possible through the Tampa Bay area,” Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips said.