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Hurricane Irma threatens Dolphins’ season opener against Buccaneers

Hard Rock Stadium is in question for the upcoming weekend. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—One of the chief requests the Dolphins made when the NFL was assembling their schedule this year was to open the season at home. They got their wish, but suddenly it’s in jeopardy as Hurricane Irma threatens South Florida.

The team and the league are monitoring the storm, but there’s been no official word about contingency plans. If Irma hits Florida, it would likely be Sunday. The Dolphins are scheduled to host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m.

There is flexibility to move the game up or back, and another option would be playing it in Tampa, which is not considered to be at risk. There are also open neutral-site venues in Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta and New Orleans.

Coincidentally, the Dolphins and Buccaneers both their bye in Week 11, though it’d be highly unusual for the NFL to ask teams to play 16 straight weeks without a break.

University of Miami does not play at Hard Rock Stadium this week. The Hurricanes are at Arkansas State on Saturday.

Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida last year, though it ultimately hit farther north and had minimal impact on this area. The Dolphins closed their facility …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post