Originally scheduled to be played in Houston Thursday night, the preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys was moved to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in response to the impact that Hurricane Harvey’s had on the city of Houston and southeast Texas. Two days later, the game has been canceled, according to NFL Network.
Due to the hurricane and the resulting flooding, the Texans have been in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this week, staying at an area hotel and using the Cowboys’ facilities as the team prepared for Thursday’s game. That being said, losing a preseason game is not a major issue when compared to the impact that Hurricane Harvey’s had on Houston and the southeast Texas.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the decision to cancel was made when it became apparent that the Texans would have the opportunity to return home. Fans who purchased tickets (The Dallas Morning News reports that number to be close to 40,000) have the option to either request a refund or donate the money spent to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts:
Statement from the Houston Texans on the decision to return home and cancel Thursday's game below: pic.twitter.com/0i3fKK5wZI
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 30, 2017
The Texans are scheduled to open the regular season at home, with the Jacksonville Jaguars visiting Houston on Sept. 10. Head coach Bill O’Brien said on Tuesday that it was important for the team to be able to play that game, as it could help fans, for a couple of hours at least, think of something other than what they’ve experienced during (and in the aftermath of) Hurricane Harvey.
“If our stadium’s ready to go, it’s important to have that game at home,” O’Brien said Tuesday. “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.”