The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have temporarily relocated from their home in Tampa to Miami due to concerns over Hurricane Ian.
The Bucs will depart Tampa on Tuesday and will spend the week practicing at the Miami Dolphins’ Baptist Health Training Complex in Miami Gardens through the end of the week, if necessary.
The team made the decision after the National Hurricane Center upgraded Ian to a Category 2 storm on Monday.
“I don’t think that anyone’s really prepared for this. I know I’ve been preparing all morning and get all my stuff outside, try to put it inside, try to get all the stuff on the ground level up a little bit higher,” Bucs quarterback Tom Brady said Monday on his “Let’s Go!” podcast.
“I’m right here on the bay so they’re talking about pretty high storm surges and it’s a scary thing. I will say that it’s a scary thing when it really hits your doorstep.”
In the meantime, the NFL is continuing to monitor storm developments to determine whether the Buccaneers’ Sunday night matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs can proceed as scheduled in Tampa.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles previously said Monday that the team is working with the NFL to make contingency plans in case they are forced to move Sunday’s game.
“Right now, we’re still monitoring things but we’re working things out with the league and we should have a decision hopefully later on today about what we’re going to do,” Bowles said.