MILWAUKEE — Internet threats of "dirty bomb" attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend -- including Houston's Reliant Stadium -- were a hoax inspired by a writing competition between two men trying to come up with scary threats, a law enforcement official said today.
The threats, which were posted on a Web site last week and mentioned stadiums in seven U.S. cities, were deemed to be false by the FBI today after agents questioned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man.
I wasn't worried about that anyways, but my mom was a little freaked out since the Texans game was one of the "targets" of the "attack," something that the team addressed in their pregame email to season ticket holders.
We want to emphasize to you that our number one priority has been and continues to be providing a safe gameday environment for our fans, staff and players. We continually evaluate our security measures with the help of the National Football League as well as national and local law enforcement agencies to maintain plans and facilities that are on the leading edge. We look forward to having you with us this weekend here at Reliant Stadium as your Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Due to the warning from Homeland Security, Kirby Drive will close earlier than usual this Sunday. Kirby will now close at 10:00 a.m. If the early closure affects your arrival to the game, here is a link to our parking lot map. Just click the appropriate parking lot and you will see a detailed map to plan alternate routes accordingly.
Similar precautions are being taken at other stadiums around the league.
For those that don't know, Kirby runs right along the east side of the stadium and is closed off at gametime anyways.
As far as the game, all I'm going to say is that it should be a hard-fought game, as Jacksonville games always are.