JUST IN: NFL announces location for Bucs-Chiefs game

Big news out of Tampa.

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Florida is currently under a state of emergency with the destructive force of Hurricane Ian in full swing, and as such, there was doubt as to whether or not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be able to host the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in downtown Tampa Bay this coming Sunday night.

The NFL had a contingency plan in place, which would have been to move the game to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Vikings. However, that won't be necessary. 

Minutes ago, it was announced by the NFL that the game will be taking place as scheduled on Sunday night in Tampa. 

The Bucs released the following statement: 

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the many thousands in the Southwest Florida region who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian. We are also very thankful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging consequences of this powerful storm. We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled.

We would like to thank all of the local government agencies and the thousands of emergency personnel who worked tirelessly over the past few days to ensure that our area would be ready to respond if needed. We would also like to acknowledge the Miami Dolphins organization for their assistance and hospitality in allowing us to use their practice facilities this week.

We also want to express our sincere appreciation to the first responders and emergency personnel who are already battling the elements, saving lives, and helping our neighbors in those most impacted areas to our south.

We will have additional information soon on ways we can join together to support our community and those most impacted by the storm."