Texans want to play season opener in Houston

Fans fill the seats of NRG Stadium in this overall, wide view during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
(AP Photo/George Bridges)

Despite all the flooding in Houston because of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Texans have expressed that they’d like to keep their season opener in their home stadium. But considering the level of devastation in the city and the amount of cleanup that will be required, it’s unknown if it will be feasible to play an NFL game there on Sept. 10, when the Texans are scheduled to host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“If our stadium’s ready to go, it’s important to have that game at home,” coach Bill O’Brien said to the media 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.

“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.”

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing thinks that having the game at home would help the fans, who care so much about their football team.

“I think that would be the most important thing for the people,” Cushing said. “Knowing how much people care about football in Houston, it’s more important than just about anything.

“For us to play that first game at home, it would smooth a lot of things over. I’m not saying completely, but I believe it would help.”

The NFL has not commented yet about potentially moving Houston’s home opener to a new location.

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