PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police support NFL’s decision to postpone tonight’s Eagles-Vikings game

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania State Police issued a joint statement supporting the NFL’s decision to postpone tonight’s Eagles-Vikings game until Tuesday at 8:00 pm (ET).

Below is the joint statement followed by the NFL’s statement:

News for Immediate Release                 

Dec. 26, 2010

PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police Issue Joint Statement Supporting NFL’s Decision to Postpone Tonight’s Eagles-Vikings Football Game

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police fully support the National Football League (NFL) for its decision to postpone tonight’s football game at Lincoln Financial Field between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings due to the major snowstorm striking the Greater Philadelphia Region.

The re-scheduling of the game until Tuesday will enable snow-removal equipment and public safety resources to be more broadly deployed during tonight’s snow storm.

Both state agencies will be working around the clock to keep Pennsylvania highways passable and respond to any emergency situations that may develop. The NFL’s decision will fortunately keep thousands of additional motorists off state roadways at a time when the region is receiving the full brunt of this massive storm and both the PSP and PennDOT applaud this decision.

PennDOT and PSP urge motorists to not travel in those areas of Pennsylvania where the storm is expected to strike. If travel is an absolute necessity motorists should be prepared by packing an emergency survival kit and be sure to inform friends or family of your travel route. Motorist can check winter road condition by logging onto http://www.511pa.com or calling 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways.

The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information, including downloadable emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at http://www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.

Media contact:  Gene Blaum, Assistant Press Secretary, 610-587-7888

Lieutenant David Buckley, PSP Troop K Officer of the Day, 267-644-6784

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STATEMENT FROM THE NFL

Due to public safety concerns in light of today’s snow emergency in Philadelphia, tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game has been postponed. Because of the uncertainty of the extent of tonight’s storm and its aftermath, the game will be played on Tuesday night at 8 pm. This will allow sufficient time to ensure that roads, parking lots and the stadium are fully cleared. The National Weather Service states that a winter storm warning in Philadelphia remains in effect until 1 pm on Monday. NBC will televise the game nationally.

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