The Pittsburgh Steelers cannot find a New York-area hotel in the aftermath of the Superstorm Sandy and will need to make a day trip to face the Giants at MetLife Stadium this weekend, according to reports.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reported that the Steelers' original hotel has no power, and they were not able to find another one with enough vacant rooms.
The Steelers checked area hotels and were unable to find one close enough with enough vacant rooms and also did not want to further disrupt an area where people whose homes were damaged are themselves searching for hotel rooms.
The Steelers and Giants will play at 4:25 on Sunday. Typically, the NFL mandates that a visiting team arrive the day before a road game. But in this case, Pittsburgh will fly out mid-morning on Sunday, Bouchette reported. The team will fly back right after the game.
The unique situation will add even more complexity for a Steelers team that has struggled on the road this season, as they have gone 1-3 through their first four games away from home. Though the Steelers-Giants game is scheduled as planned, the storm forced the postponement of the much-hyped NBA opener between New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.