Dolphins, South Florida companies keep eye on Irma

Dolphins scheduled to play Buccaneers Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium

By Jeff Tavss - Executive Producer, Associated Press

MIAMI - A person familiar with the discussions said the NFL is considering moving the Miami Dolphins' season opener against Tampa Bay to another site or earlier this week because of Hurricane Irma.

The person confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the league and teams aren't talking publicly about the options.

Switching the game to Thursday or Friday is being considered, the person said, because Irma could threaten South Florida over the weekend. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday in Miami Gardens.

Playing the game at another site Sunday is also being discussed, the person said.

The teams share the same bye week in November, but would prefer to avoid moving the game to that weekend.

During a Monday media session, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he's preparing his team to play and will leave the decisions to other team officials.

"They tell us whatever they tell us to do and we're just going to do (it)," Gase said. "I mean, I just go with the flow."

Meanwhile, Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Line announced Monday that it has so far altered itineraries for two of its ships due to Irma's presence in the Caribbean.

The Allure of the Seas will switch to a Western Caribbean itinerary, while the Celebrity Cruises' Equinox was also modified.

"Our primary focus will always be the continued safety of our guests, while ensuring we provide the best vacation at sea." said Owen Torres, manager of Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean.

American Airlines is allowing passengers whose plans are affected by Irma to rebook flights without change fees.

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