Report: Decision on location of LSU-BYU game expected Monday
Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc in Houston.
And because of the flooding in the area caused by the hurricane, Saturday’s LSU/BYU game, which was scheduled to be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium, is in jeopardy. NRG Park, the area where NRG Stadium is located, is scheduled to be used as an emergency operations center, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
Because of the disaster, officials from all parties involved in Saturday’s game — LSU, BYU, AdvoCare Texas Kickoff and ESPN — have assessed what options they have to ensure it goes on as scheduled. One possibility not on the table is playing the game on Sunday. BYU, whose university policy is in accordance with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, prohibits any of its athletic teams from playing on Sundays.
Two possibilities involve moving the game to Louisiana and staging it either at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge or the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
A final decision on the location of the game is not expected to come until Monday.
“My instincts tell me we’re not going to know anything until (Monday),” said Alan Freeman, general manager of the Superdome, according to The Advocate. “This is going to be a collaborative decision. ESPN is ultimately going to make the decision.”
The Superdome will be used for a Saints preseason game Thursday. But Freeman told The Advocate the Superdome could be ready for the LSU/BYU game within 48 hours. The only catch is that Superdome officials need advance notification for staffing concerns.
“We’d welcome them or anything else we could do to help,” Freeman said. “We could do it and are prepared to do it.”
If the game indeed moves, it will mark the third time in three years LSU has had a game affected due to a natural disaster.
In 2015, its game against South Carolina was moved from Columbia to Baton Rouge because of flooding. Last season, a hurricane forced a game against Florida to be postponed temporarily.
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