On Monday, LSU announced that its season-opener against BYU in the Advocare Texas Kickoff will be moved to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans from its original location at NRG Stadium in Houston.
“Efforts are underway in New Orleans and we will work with the fans, the Superdome, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and both schools throughout the week to ensure the most optimal game day experience for all,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and events.
The game is being moved because of the massive flooding and devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and the surrounding areas. The game will be played at 9:30 EDT/8:30 CDT and televised on ESPN.
“ESPN had to make a difficult decision and we are well aware of the awful circumstance that led to this move,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “Every storm is different, but we in Louisiana understand a little about what all of those in Harvey’s path are going through right now. It’s heartbreaking and our prayers go out to all who are impacted.”
Alleva said all parties involved worked closely to find a solution. “I want to thank my staff here, ESPN, NRG officials and BYU for their professionalism with which this was all conducted,” said Alleva.
Alleva also mentioned that LSU is working the university to identify practical ways to contribute to the recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey in the very near future.
Since, the game is now being played in New Orleans, LSU will have more fans in the Superdome on Saturday night than BYU. LSU’s ticket allotment for the game was three times more than BYU’s.
The LSU ticket office announced that tickets and parking passes purchased through the office for the game will be automatically refunded beginning Tuesday, Aug 29. Season ticketholder can expect to see the balance of their purchase refunded by Sept. 5.
The LSU ticket office will work in conjunction with AdvoCare Kickoff officials to set up a purchasing structure for that event. LSU will notified fans when tickets are available. BYU also announced that tickets purchased through its ticket office would be refunded.
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