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UNLV in discussions about moving football home opener to Arizona

The Rebels approached the Wildcats about moving the Sept. 7 game to Glendale, Ariz. The deal could be done by early next week

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UNLV football’s home opener on Sept. 7 against Arizona may move from Sam Boyd Stadium to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood confirmed late Thursday night.

The Rebels would receive a significant amount of money to move the game, leaving them with six home games and six road games in the 2013 season.

Livengood said the deal could be done by early next week and didn’t want to get into many specifics until that time. He did confirm it was the Rebels’ idea to move the game. Livengood is in Phoenix wrapping up the Mountain West annual meetings.

The game, originally slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff, was already slated to appear on CBS Sports Network. It’s unclear if that would change or what possible refunds there would be for UNLV football fans who already bought season tickets.

The Wildcats have never played a game in University of Phoenix Stadium. However, UNLV wouldn’t be the first Las Vegas team to play there. Local high school teams, including Bishop Gorman and last year Palo Verde High and Moapa Valley, have played Arizona high school teams in the stadium as part of the Sollenberger Classic.

If the deal goes through, UNLV’s new home opener would be the following week, Sept. 14, against Central Michigan. The Rebels open the season on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Minnesota. Next season, UNLV is slated to open the year at Arizona on Aug. 30.

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  1. If they make more money by doing this, then go for it.

  2. Looks like they are going to make it tougher on Hauck to stick around. Feel bad that he is finally getting a veteran team.

    UNLV needs to take a page from Wyoming or any other program trying to rebuild........play against teams you can win against. Schedule as many home games and get to a bowl.

    Winning = MORE MONEY, Better recruits and community support for athletic projects.

  3. Southern Utah and Northern Arizon both already beat us at home. Are there easier teams we can schedule than that? Maybe Dixie State from St. George?

    I'm actually a die hard UNLV fan. I hate feeling like I need to crawl under a rock and hide every football season. We've had SEVEN 2-win seasons in the past nine years. We literally cannot beat anybody. Perhaps maybe Dixie State??

  4. I wouldn't doubt if the A.D. is getting something for himself out of this deal, there's no reason to cheat what fans the Rebels do have for football, he's already cheated the basketball fans out of a good coach and picked his buddy over the right choice.

  5. It is a pretty sad state of affairs when our team's home opener is being given away, and only a handful of people even care! Could you imagine what would happen if this happened in another school? In the SEC? Or any other league/program with even a decent team!?!! The AD would be run out of town! All of this is just proof that UNLV football is not even close to being decent, let alone successful.
    Wake me up when the campus stadium is already built, and going to UNLV football games is actually worth a few of my hard earned Dollars. Until then, give away ALL the home games. Who cares?

  6. As a UofA alumni, I am extremely disappointed for this possible move. Vegas is a second home to Wildcat fans- just look at the Pac-12 tournament attendance. UofA alumni do not want to go to Glendale for the game- no one likes the west side of town and there is no way the stadium will fill up for this match up. There is no rivalry between the schools it's a non conference game. So glad we got rid of Livengood and feel sorry for UNLV for having a dishonest AD.