NFL: Hurricane Beryl damages NRG Stadium roof

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NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, sustained damage from Hurricane Beryl, which has left more than 2 million residents without power and caused deaths in Texas and Louisiana.

The hurricane, which made landfall on Monday as a Category 1 with winds whipping over 80 mph, left roads covered in debris and caused flood damage.

NRG Stadium has holes in its retractable roof, with aerial photographs showing at least three panels missing.

“Like many of our neighbors in the Gulf Coast region, NRG Park sustained damage from Hurricane Beryl, including to the roof of NRG Stadium,” NRG Park CEO and executive director Ryan M. Walsh said in a statement on Tuesday. “(Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation) officials are collaborating with state, county and city officials to assist with recovery efforts throughout the region. …

“While we assist with these efforts, we are also assessing the extent of damages to NRG Park facilities. We look forward to seeing our neighbors at NRG Park soon as we return to normal operations.”

The Texans, who start training camp on July 18, have two road games on their preseason schedule before facing the New York Giants on Aug. 17 at NRG Stadium. Houston’s home opener for the regular season is Sept. 15 against the Chicago Bears.

The Houston Astros’ home baseball stadium, Minute Maid Park, did not sustain serious damage from Hurricane Beryl, with Tuesday night’s home game against the Miami Marlins remaining as scheduled.

The Texans had to postpone their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 season after Hurricane Ike, a Category 2 storm, damaged the stadium and led to repairs for five sections of the roof.

–Field Level Media

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