Hard Rock Stadium, home to the NFL American football franchise the Miami Dolphins, is opening its doors for the relief efforts ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is due to hit Florida on Saturday night.
The 64,767-capacity venue is set to become the staging area for those affected by the Category Five storm, which has forced the Dolphins’ Saturday evening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be postponed.
The franchise also said it would be suspending its donation and aid efforts to the recovery in Houston, Texas following the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey. This move will allow the region to focus its efforts on the potential impact that Hurricane Irma could bring to South Florida.
The Dolphins have reached out to Miami-Dade County to offer the Hard Rock Stadium as a staging area for relief supplies distribution.
“As part of these preparations, the stadium will be closed to the general public and is not accepting drop-off donations for Hurricane Harvey,” the team’s statement read.
It added that any donations provided for Houston after September 4 have been stored and will be distributed on a need basis to communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.
The Dolphins and Buccaneers have already rescheduled the postponed game for November 19 in Miami, which had previously been an off week for both teams.
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