Tampa to host Bears in Irma aftermath

‘Tireless’ efforts on to bring NFL action in storm-ravaged city

18:30 September 13, 2017

Miami: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Chicago Bears as scheduled on Sunday, bringing NFL action back to Florida as the state grapples with damage from Hurricane Irma.

More than 15 million people remained without electricity in Florida in the wake of the storm, which ravaged the Caribbean and the Florida Keys but produced less damage than forecasters feared on the mainland of Florida.

“We have been working tirelessly with the Tampa Sports Authority, as well as the NFL league office, to ensure that Raymond James Stadium would be available to host our season-opener against the Chicago Bears this Sunday,” Buccaneers chief operating officer Brian Ford said in a statement.