In response to a massive snowstorm on the East Coast, the NFL has made the decision to shift the Buffalo Bills’ home game against the New York Jets, their in-state rival, to Monday night in Detroit, ESPN reports.
The game was originally scheduled for Sunday in Buffalo, but was moved after the storm left the Bills’ home stadium deep in snow and the city straining to cope with public safety, the report notes.
“Public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm,” the NFL said in a statement.
The game will be played at 7 p.m. ET Monday at Ford Field in Detroit.
Initially, the Bills had offered people $10 per hour and free game tickets if they would help shovel snow out of the stadium, but Bills President Russ Brandon said Thursday that it “really wasn’t an option to try to play the game at any point Sunday, Monday or even potentially Tuesday based on what the forecast is.”
Detroit was one of three potential alternate locations, with the others being Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., ESPN notes. Detroit is 256 miles from Buffalo.
“The game will be shown on CBS in the Buffalo and New York markets. Bills season-ticket holders will have their accounts credited or can request a refund, while other ticket holders will receive refunds,” ESPN reports.
The report notes, “The Bills have been unable to practice for the past two days and will have to leave Buffalo to do so. The NFL said the game could have been played Sunday in Detroit but was scheduled for Monday to give the Bills additional practice time.”