Gophers, UNLV Agree To Move Season Opener
Feb. 16, 2012
The University of Minnesota and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) have agreed to move their 2012 football game to Thursday, August 30, the two schools announced today. The game was originally contracted to be played on Saturday, Sept. 1.
“We received a request from UNLV and the Mountain West Conference to consider moving the game up two days and after carefully considering a number of different factors we have agreed to do so,” said senior associate athletics director Marc Ryan, who oversees scheduling for Gopher football. “It is customary in college football for the visiting team to do its best to accommodate these types of requests. We have agreed to these types of schedule changes in the past for early-season, non-conference road games and in the end Coach Kill felt that there were a number of positives for our program in agreeing to the move.”
The game will be played at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium and serve as the 2012 season opener for both programs. Kickoff time and potential television arrangements have not yet been determined.
“We understand that changing dates may impact fans that have already made arrangements to travel to Las Vegas for the game,” Ryan said. “We hope that by announcing this change as early as possible, issues fans may encounter in altering travel plans can be minimized.”
The game will be the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between the Gophers and Rebels. Minnesota and UNLV will conclude the two-game, home-and-home series next year, when the Rebels visit TCF Bank Stadium for the opening of the 2013 campaign on Saturday, August 31. UNLV will be the first Mountain West Conference foe for the Gophers since Minnesota opened TCF Bank Stadium with a victory over Air Force in 2009.
The Gophers’ 2012 debut will mark the fourth straight season and the sixth time in the last eight years that Minnesota will open its college football season on the road. It will also be the fifth time since 2001 that Minnesota will make its season debut in a Thursday night road game – 2012 at UNLV, 2010 at Middle Tennessee State, 2006 at Kent State, 2005 at Tulsa, 2001 at Toledo.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the Gophers’ game at UNLV game are encouraged to visit www.mygophersports.com in the coming months for more information regarding on-sale dates and ticket availability.