August 27, 2011
Due to complications caused by Hurricane Irene, the preseason game between the New York Giants and New York Jets originally scheduled for Saturday will now be played on Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The NFL Network will broadcast the game nationally.
"Along with the NFL office and the Jets, we have closely monitored the hurricane and the forecast and its potential impact on our area for the past several days," Giants President and CEO John Mara said in a statement. "After conferring with [New Jersey] Governor [Chris] Christie, [Jets owner] Woody Johnson and [NFL] Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, we have determined the best course of action for the safety and well being of all is to move the game to Monday night."
According to the New York Daily News, there was some thought of canceling the game altogether, but neither team wanted to deal with ticket refunds or the competitive disadvantage that could result from missing the third preseason game. Traditionally, that's the game in which teams play their starters the longest.
The game, which had already been moved once before from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, was postponed because the specter of Irene has shut New York down. On Friday, there was an order for more than 370,000 people to evacuate the low-lying areas of the city, the city's mass transit has been closed for Saturday and at noon Saturday, all five New York City-area airports will be closed to arrivals.
President Obama has declared a state of emergency in the area as the storm was anticipated to hit New York sometime Sunday morning. As of early Saturday morning, the storm had hit North Carolina and could cause flooding rains and high winds along the East Coast throughout the day.
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