The league chose to cancel the game to allow the Texans to return to Houston sooner, in order to re-unite the players with their families and assess the damage left by Hurricane Harvey.
The game had originally been scheduled to be played Thursday at Houston’s NRG Stadium, but devastating floodwaters resulting from the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey forced the game to be moved to the Cowboys’ home facility.
View outside of AT&T Stadium before the National Football League game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys on September 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
Earlier Wednesday morning, reports said 40,000 tickets had been sold for the relocated game. “Fans that have purchased tickets to Thursday’s game will have the option to donate the money to relief efforts or request a refund through Ticketmaster”. The Texans practiced Monday and Tuesday at the Cowboys’ practice facility. Watt began raising money to help the people of Houston, and he said that it was hard for Texans players to be away from Houston and see the devastation at home. “I think the only good thing that could possibly come out of a game on Thursday would be a massive fundraiser”.
The Texans’ statement also announced that the team’s owner Robert McNair and his family will donate to recovery efforts an amount equal to the revenue that would have been generated by ticket sales for the game. It’s bigger than any of us.
All proceeds were going to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. “So we need to make sure that we’re thinking about these victims and the city of Houston before anything else”.
Watt began the fundraiser on Sunday with an initial donation of $100,000 and setting the goal for $200,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, the fund had raised more than $5.8 million.