MIAMI -- The NFL announced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins season opener will not be played in Miami on Sunday due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.
The game was scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium, but the category 5 hurricane is headed towards the peninsula this weekend.
In a statement, the league said it will examine other options, including playing the game at a neutral site on Sunday or in Miami later this season.
"In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate," a league spokesperson said.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium could have been an option, but Atlanta United FC is scheduled to play its first game at its new home Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The NFL will continue to provide updates on the game. Check back for updates.
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