Hurricane Irene forces time change for Giants-Jets

With Hurricane Irene poised to pound the East Coast beginning late Saturday or Sunday, the NFL has changed the time of the preseason game between the New York Giants and New York Jets.

The teams will play at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, five hours earlier than they were scheduled to start.

"We moved the start time based on the weather forecast and to give everybody an opportunity to get home safely after the game," Giants owner John Mara said. "There are, obviously, many issues to consider. Our players played a game on Monday night, the stadium personnel has to secure the building post-game and, most importantly, the safety and welfare of Giants and Jets fans. We felt like this is the right thing to do."

It’s a wise moves as some reports have indicated mass transit in New York may be shut down beginning on Saturday. Safety is the first rule of thumb for everyone involved.

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