The Houston Texans were slated to finish out the preseason with a home game against their in-state rival, the Dallas Cowboys, but the game will be moved to AT&T Stadium in light of the major flooding in Houston caused from Hurricane Harvey.
The NFL announced the move Monday in a statement, also saying the game will still be played on Thursday and that it will still kick off at 8 p.m. ET. The league will announce other logistics, including tickets and parking, later in the week. The National Weather Service reported Sunday that Houston was expected to receive potentially between 40-50 inches of rain between Sunday and Thursday due to Harvey, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Texans owner Bob McNair announced earlier in the day that he would donate $1 million to the United Way Relief Fund to support victims of the flooding, and the NFL announced in its statement that it would match McNair’s donation.
Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt had hoped to use Thursday’s preseason finale as a fundraising event as well.
“If there is something played this week, I think we should definitely involve some sort of fundraiser, some sort of way to benefit the people back home,” Watt said to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop prior to the NFL’s announcement. “Because like I said, this is a much bigger issue than just a football game.”
The NFL also provided a texting line to help donate to the Houston victims. The league said it would continue to monitor the situation and help with the Texans’ travel plans accordingly.