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2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff: BYU vs. LSU moved to New Orleans due to Harvey

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HOUSTON – The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between BYU and LSU, originally scheduled to be played in NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, will be played in New Orleans due to the flooding caused by Harvey in the Houston area.

The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. CT The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

“First and foremost, we are keeping the citizens of the Houston region, and the thousands of first responders, in our thoughts during this very difficult time,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and events. “Over the last 72 hours, we have been in constant contact with all entities involved, including our partners at the Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, the SEC and both institutions. Ultimately, the decision was made to move forward with the relocation. During the last few days, we were overwhelmed with the outreach by the communities offering to host this event, specifically, Dallas, Jacksonville, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando and San Antonio.  We have great partners within those cities through the Football Bowl Association and we appreciate their energy in finding a solution. 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.”

More information on the game is available here.

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