While as of Monday afternoon NRG Stadium in Houston had not been impacted by the large-scale flooding in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey, enough of the city and surrounding highways are underwater that the NFL has announced Thursday’s preseason finale between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys will not be played in Houston.
It will instead be played at the Cowboys’ home, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
A statement from the NFL on the change cited “public safety concerns resulting from the ongoing weather emergency related to Hurricane Harvey.”
The game will still kickoff at 8 p.m. ET, though other logistical details like tickets and parking will be announced soon.
The Texans have already evacuated Houston and are using the Cowboys’ new practice facility in Frisco.
Earlier Monday, The NFL Foundation announced it will match the $1 million Texans owner Bob McNair and the franchise have pledged to the United Way Relief Fund. Also, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, citing the special place Houston has in his franchise’s history (the Patriots won two of their five Super Bowl titles in the city, including their comeback win in February), will also match up to $1 million in donations made through the Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey fund.
It remains to be seen whether the Texans will host Jacksonville on Sept. 10 in the regular-season opener as planned. Since the teams are division rivals they play a second game, and judging by the current event calendar at each stadium, they could switch, with the September game moving to Jacksonville and the December rematch in Houston.