Will the Houston Texans still be able to host their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The Houston Texans are in a bit of a pickle.
With all of the flooding and destruction that the city of Houston and the surrounding areas have sustained, it could be difficult for the Texans to host their regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars in just 11 days at NRG Stadium.
Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien made it clear this week that he believes it’s important for the city to not move the game, but still play it in Houston.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"“If our stadium’s ready to go, it’s important to have that game at home,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “Maybe it gives our fans a chance, for three hours at least, to cheer and kind of forget about the trials and tribulations of what would be the last two weeks.“I think we have the best fans, anyway, so just imagine what NRG Stadium will be like for that first home game. Football’s big in Texas, anyway, but when you put it in Houston and take into consideration such a catastrophic event, football becomes even bigger. It gives our fans a chance to cheer and let off some steam.”"
I agree with O’Brien, but the area still needs to be cleaned up enough for people to travel to the game. Not tto mention that the water has to recede enough for this to happen as well.
The good news is that NRG Stadium hasn’t suffered any damage, unlike what happened to the New Orleans Saints in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina tore off a portion of the Super Dome’s roof.
That season the Saints had to play their games at the home stadium of the Louisiana State University football team.
Texans’ players stuck in Houston.
Several Texans’ players who have been dealing with injuries are still stuck in Houston after staying behind when the team left last week for New Orleans.
Those players include DeAndre Hopkins, Braxton Miller, D’Onta Foreman and Akeem Hunt.
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Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those in the Houston area.