LSU AD Joe Alleva ‘almost certain’ BYU game won’t be played in Houston

BATON ROUGE, La. — Speaking through an LSU spokesperson, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Sunday night that he’s “almost certain” the Tigers’ scheduled season opener versus BYU will not be played in Houston next Saturday.

Houston is mired in an environmental disaster right now, as Hurricane Harvey has flooded the streets and most of the major highways leading into the city. Earlier Sunday afternoon, a report came out saying that The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans has contacted game officials offering to host the game there.

The ultimate decision of where the game will be played belongs to ESPN and the Advocare Kickoff itself. Since the game isn’t a home game for either BYU, the final decision about where the game will be played belongs to the rightsholders, which are ESPN and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, the company that sponsors the Advocare Kickoff.

Here is Alleva’s full statement, which was featured in LSU’s weekly “LSU Sixty” radio show.

Alleva wants fans to know that LSU is not in control of this game. It is not an LSU home game. The game is organized by NRG in Houston and by ESPN. Ultimately it’s up to NRG and ESPN, the organizers of the game to decide where the game will be played if the game is moved.

Alleva went on to say that he is ‘almost certain’ the game will not be played in Houston. He has not been told that officially, but he is almost certain the game will not be able to be played in Houston on Saturday. It is most certain that it will be moved to another venue. What that venue will be, he hasn’t been able to say yet.

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