The Tennessee Titans delayed their Christmas Eve game against the Houston Texans on Saturday after bad weather swept through the area and caused widespread power outages in Nashville.
City Mayor John Cooper asked the Titans to delay the start of the game. The Titans and Texan will now kick off at 2 p.m. ET.
“Due to extreme weather conditions and power outages affecting our area, today’s game kickoff has been delayed one hour to 1pm CT,” the Titans said in a statement. “This decision was made in partnership with the NFL, Office of Emergency Management, Nashville Electrical Services and the Mayor’s Office with great care to ensure the game will not have a negative impact on the community. We are exploring all possibilities to minimize non-essential electricity around the stadium.
“At all times, the operation of the game has remained secondary to the well-being of our community and we can’t thank the OEM and NES enough for their dedication to keeping our neighbors safe.”
Cooper announced his request to the team in a tweet, saying the Titans should postpone in solidarity with their neighbors. The current temperature in Nashville is 20 degrees, with a feeling of 8 degrees.
After the Tennessee Valley Authority announced on Saturday that all electricity distributors should cut production by 10%, Nissan Stadium at full power would likely have harmed those around it.