UNLV looking to move home opener against Arizona to University of Phoenix Stadium

Christian Petersen

In a cash grab, UNLV is looking to move their home opener against Arizona away from Sam Boyd and to University of Phoenix Stadium.

UNLV is in early talks to move their home opening Sept. 7 game against Arizona and have the game played at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which is much closer to their opponent in Glendale, Ariz. This is an odd choice since UNLV has seven home games for the first time in a very long time, if not ever.

UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood is the one behind this idea and he said it was his schools idea to move this game; a decision on the game could be made by early next week. Moving this game would still give UNLV six home games plus more money than playing a home game which is sad.

The reason for the move is that UNLV is capable of making more money by going to a "neutral" site stadium than playing at Sam Boyd Stadium. Glendale is about a two-hour drive from the Arizona campus in Tucson, which will make this now much more of a home game for Arizona.

This possible move shows the dire straits that the UNLV athletic department is in if they are willing to give up a home game for some cash; also to make the move a mere four months before the season begins is highly unusual.

The date of the game is still going to be on Saturday Sept. 7 and there is no word at this time if the game will still take place at 10:30 p.m. ET, or if it will still be on CBS Sports Network. With UNLV being the 'home' team the game will still more than likely stay on CBS Sports Network.

Assuming this game is moved it now pushes back UNLV's home opener against Central Michigan on Sept. 14.

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