Tropical Storm Harvey could move LSU-BYU game from Houston

Texas flooding may relocate game to a neutral site

August 27, 2017 - 12:17 pm
Categories: Reporting

It looks as if another LSU game may be impacted by weather.

The Tigers are scheduled to play BYU next Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston. But Tropical Storm Harvey could change that. The National Hurricane Center says it’s possible Harvey can dump 50 inches of rain in Texas. 

LSU says its monitorning the weather situation in Houston as Harvey dumps torrential rains over southeast Texas. The catastrophic flooding is expected to continue over the next few days. 

It's the third time in three years LSU is dealing with a weather situation wreaking havoc on a game it was scheduled to play away from its Baton Rouge campus. 

LSU lost a game last year, because of Hurricane Matthew. The Tigers were scheduled to play Florida that weekend, but the game was moved to a later in the year and the Tigers were forced to drop a non-conference game so they could play Florida.

In 2015, LSU’s season opener in McNeese State ended in the first quarter after a lengthy lighting delay.

ESPN is in charge of rescheduling the game if massive flooding prevents a Saturday night kickoff.

Officials from both schools will meet with ESPN on Sunday to discuss moving the game out of Houston. Two potential relocation sites are LSU’s Tiger Stadium or New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Both schools are committed to playing the game Saturday in a different city. BYU does not allow its athletic teams to play on Sundays, in accordance with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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