(KUTV) BYU will still face LSU on the football field Saturday, but the game has been moved from Houston, where Hurricane Harvey slammed the area, to New Orleans, home state of the Tigers.
The Superdome, as stadium made famous for hosting hurricane victims when a powerful storm struck New Orleans, will host the game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., aired on ESPN. The stadium is now known as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“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 ESPN's Pete Derzis, in a press release. “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.”
The game is not officially a home game for the Louisiana State University, ranked 13 in the Associated Press top 25 poll. But it is likely to bring a host of fans in the area while BYU fans planning to Houston will have a challenge to change plans for Saturday.
The game, dubbed the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, will not be in Texas.