The Philadelphia Eagles today announced that Sunday's game against San Francisco has been pushed back three hours. Kickoff, which had been scheduled for 1 p.m. has been moved to 4:15 p.m. because of the snowstorm walloping the region.
The change was made to accommodate fans and allow more time for city and stadium personnel to clear streets and walkways in and around the stadium, an Eagles spokesman said.
The game will be televised on FOX as originally scheduled. The 49ers arrived in Philadelphia last night.
"Regardless of the expense, we're going to do whatever it takes to get the field and the stadium ready for the teams," said Don Smolenski, Eagles senior vice president.
The field already has been plowed "a couple of times today," he said. "And we'll continue to plow it as a couple of inches build up. It should be in decent condition for tomorrow."
The brunt of the snowstorm should be over by midnight, according to forecasters.
Smolenski said team officials had been watching the weather all week and discussed the possibility of a change in the start time with the NFL late yesterday.
Parking lots will open to fans at noon, which is a bit later than normal. The lots usually open seven hours before kickoff.
"We're asking fans to adhere to that time and not come down to the complex until 12 o'clock, he said.
Stadium gates, which usually open three hours prior to kickoff, will open at 3 p.m.
The team is encouraging fans to use public transportation to Lincoln Financial Field tomorrow. Given the volume of snow, Smolenski said there would be fewer parking spaces available.
Contrary to rumors, the team has not asked for volunteers to help to clear the lots and the stadium, he said.
"We have a resource pool of over 1,400 potential laborers. We have 1,000 in the building right now," Smolenski said. "You never want to rule anything out, but we've got it covered."