Chargers-Texans Game to Be Played Sunday Afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium as Scheduled, Mayor's Office Announces

The San Diego Chargers will play as scheduled Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium against the Houston Texans, the office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today.

"Qualcomm Stadium will be ready for NFL football by this weekend," Sanders said in a written statement released by his office. "The city will be able to provide sufficient public safety personnel to manage a professional football game without impeding ongoing wildfire recovery efforts. I informed the Chargers late Thursday that should they decide to play their game at Qualcomm this weekend, the stadium will be ready. Early Friday morning the Chargers informed me that the NFL has decided to play Sunday's game as scheduled at Qualcomm Stadium."

Officials with the league and the two teams had spent the week considering possible alternatives in case the game could not be played Sunday in San Diego because of the wildfires raging in Southern California. The Chargers have been practicing in Arizona, and Qualcomm Stadium served as a shelter for evacuees. But the stadium was to be closed as a shelter today, and the mayor's office indicated late Thursday that the game could be played there Sunday.

NFL officials had considered playing the game in Houston or Dallas if it could not be played in San Diego. Commissioner Roger Goodell also had left open the possibility of the game being rescheduled for Monday night in San Diego.

The game is to be played at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.

By Mark Maske |  October 26, 2007; 3:27 PM ET  | Category:  Chargers , League , Texans
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