LSU/BYU Game Could Change Venues

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HOUSTON, TX -- Due to the effects from Hurricane Harvey, Saturday's LSU football game against BYU may have to change venues. The game is currently scheduled to be played in Houston's NRG Stadium as part of the Advocare Texas Kickoff, but the venue is currently being used to stage emergency operations and offer relief to those affected by the storm.

In a statement released last Saturday, LSU officials stated that the game currently "remains as scheduled" but that they are monitoring the situation.

On Sunday, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe tweeted, "Cougar Nation, All parties involved are working on a solution to our scheduled game with LSU this weekend. We will announce plans when final."

The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN and according to a report from SB Nation, officials from both schools will meet with the broadcast company on Sunday to discuss moving the game to a different location.

One venue that could jump in is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, which is run by SMG property management -- the same company that manages NRG Stadium. In a story from The Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger, Superdome officials say that they haven't been contacted yet, but would be willing to take the game if necessary.

If the game is moved, it will be the fourth LSU game in three years to be affected by inclement weather. In 2015, the Tigers' season opener against McNeese St. was canceled due to lightning. Later that season, LSU's game with South Carolina was moved to Baton Rouge after devastating floods hampered Columbia, SC.

Last season, the Tigers' were scheduled to play Florida in Gainesville, FL, but the concern of Hurricane Matthew moved it to Tiger Stadium after much deliberation.

Harvey made landfall late Friday evening along the east Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane. It is projected to remain in the area throughout the week.

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