With it looking like Ralph Wilson Stadium will be deemed unplayable this weekend for the Sunday game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills due to inclement weather, the league is considering playing the game at an alternate location Monday night. One of those alternate location options reportedly is Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Buffalo area is right in the middle of a massive snowstorm right now and it’s looking like the game will indeed have to be played outside of the affected area. The Pittsburgh Steelers luckily have a bye this week, so moving the game to Heinz Field won’t interrupt anything that they do.
The condition of Heinz Field come Monday night might pose a problem, however, as there will be a lot of football played on that grass between now and then. For starters, Heinz Field is scheduled to host the WPIAL football championships on Friday and on Saturday the University of Pittsburgh will host Syracuse in the afternoon.
You can only imagine what the Heinz Field playing surface will look like after all of those games are played so undoubtedly the league would have to pay to have it resurfaced Saturday night and Sunday.
Adam Schefter reports Thursday that the Bills coaches are preparing with the belief that the game will ultimately be moved to Monday night and that Detroit and Washington are also being discussed as possible alternate venues.
The always reliable Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, however, reports Thursday that the NFL will have an update on Bills later Thursday and that two places, Pittsburgh and Toronto, are not viable options. Rapoport also says he was told the Steelers want to change out the turf after Pitt game and the the new turf will need at least a week of no action on it.
Bills coaches are preparing with the belief that the game vs. Jets will be moved to Monday night in Detroit, Pittsburgh or Washington.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2014
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) November 20, 2014