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Friday, May 3, 2013 | 9:25 a.m.
UNLV football’s home opener on Sept. 7 against Arizona may move from Sam Boyd Stadium to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood confirmed late Thursday night.
The Rebels would receive a significant amount of money to move the game, leaving them with six home games and six road games in the 2013 season.
Livengood said the deal could be done by early next week and didn’t want to get into many specifics until that time. He did confirm it was the Rebels’ idea to move the game. Livengood is in Phoenix wrapping up the Mountain West annual meetings.
The game, originally slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff, was already slated to appear on CBS Sports Network. It’s unclear if that would change or what possible refunds there would be for UNLV football fans who already bought season tickets.
The Wildcats have never played a game in University of Phoenix Stadium. However, UNLV wouldn’t be the first Las Vegas team to play there. Local high school teams, including Bishop Gorman and last year Palo Verde High and Moapa Valley, have played Arizona high school teams in the stadium as part of the Sollenberger Classic.
If the deal goes through, UNLV’s new home opener would be the following week, Sept. 14, against Central Michigan. The Rebels open the season on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Minnesota. Next season, UNLV is slated to open the year at Arizona on Aug. 30.