Buccaneers tell NFL they will play at home in Week 4 despite Hurricane Ian

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers informed the NFL they will play at home in Week 4. The team released a statement Thursday, saying it will be ready to host the game despite Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers sent "thoughts and prayers" to those severely impacted by the storm. The team said Tampa Bay was spared major damage, allowing the team to still host the game at Raymond James Stadium.

A portion of the team statement read:

"We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled."

The Buccaneers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Super Bowl LV.

There were reports Wednesday suggesting the NFL intended to keep the game in Florida. If it was deemed unsafe to play there, the league reportedly would have moved the contest to Minneapolis.

Head coach Todd Bowles prepared the Buccaneers for any situation in the lead-up to the contest.

The Buccaneers already experienced some changes as a result of the storm. The team is practicing in Miami to be farther away from Hurricane Ian.

Bucs players and staff were told they could bring their pets and families to Miami in order to keep everyone safe.

Hurricane Ian was classified as a Category 4 storm when it made landfall in Florida on Wednesday. Roughly 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate before the storm hit.