LSU vs. BYU Moved from Houston to New Orleans Due to Hurricane Harvey

Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; A general view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsBob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers and BYU Cougars have moved their season-opener Saturday from NRG Stadium in Houston to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

LSU confirmed the move in a statement on its official athletic website.

ESPN had to make a difficult decision and we are well aware of the awful circumstance that led to this move,” athletic director Joe Alleva said. “Every storm is different, but we in Louisiana understand a little about what all of those in Harvey’s path are going through right now. It’s heartbreaking and our prayers go out to all who are impacted.”

Pete Derzis, ESPN’s senior vice president of college sports programming and events, said Dallas, San Antonio, Orlando, Florida, Nashville, Tennessee and Jacksonville, Florida, had all offered to host the game.

According to the Advocate‘s Ross Dellenger, the game will kick off at its regularly scheduled time, 8:30 p.m. ET.

The move comes after Hurricane Harvey, which is now a tropical storm, flooded portions of Houston and surrounding areas.

The weather has also forced the

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