Good news, Bucs fans.

The Buccaneers and the National Football League announced in a press release on Tuesday that Tampa Bay will host the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET, as originally scheduled.

The release said that the Buccaneers, in consultation with the NFL and the Tampa Sports Authority, had been waiting to assess the impact of Hurricane Irma on the area before making a final decision on the venue for the game.

It’s game on, as Tampa Bay will start the 2017 season as planned after a Week 1 bye as the NFL postponed the Bucs vs. Dolphins game in Miami to Week 11, which was the original bye week for both teams.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Bucs TE Cameron Brate – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

“We have been working tirelessly with the Tampa Sports Authority, as well as the NFL league office, to ensure that Raymond James Stadium would be available to host our season opener against the Chicago Bears this Sunday,” said Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford. “Hosting the game is important to us, as Tampa Bay has been through a lot over the past few days. We look forward to providing our fans and the entire region an opportunity to come together this Sunday to kick off our 2017 season.”

Sunday’s game will mark Tampa Bay’s season opener and the third straight season that the Buccaneers have played host to the Bears, including last season’s 36-10 Tampa Bay victory. Limited seats are still available for the game.

Additionally, the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have committed $1 million to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts that are underway in response to Hurricane Irma.

Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a press release: “Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction throughout the entire state of Florida. The long recovery process is already underway and the entire Buccaneer organization stands in support of all those who have been impacted. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected as well as the countless numbers of first responders and everyone who is working so selflessly to keep our communities safe.”

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

Well that’s good news!

Iowabucfan
Iowabucfan
4 years ago

Awesome! Please yell for me,

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Must win game to me. Rest of schedule is harder, Bears aren’t very good, Bucs need a fast start, plus can’t waste the extra week to prepare…..

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Happy to see Naplesfan posting. I was a bit concerned with Irma showing up at his front door. This has to be the weirdest start to a season I’ve ever experienced. It was akin to all of your friends having a date to the Prom except that nerdy kid wearing the aqua shirt and you. Losing power/ internet and listening to the neighbor’s generator (I swear there was no muffler on it) made me almost unaware that football season even started. I’m thankful the storm wasn’t any worse. I don’t know how it is for the rest of Pewter Nation,… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Agreed Scubog!

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Yes it’s very strange year in general really!

I’m in Riverview but I have family all around Ft Myers,Cape Coral, Bonita. It’s very hit or miss on power there still.

Garv
Garv
4 years ago

No doubt about it, this could be the first MUST win in the first game of a season in league history and it won’t be easy. It is also one of the most anticipated season openers in years. It makes for great drama in four days and as a fan I am chomping at the bit to get to the game and support this team.

Tickets still available. If you can go, go. This one matters…… a lot.