After a handful of weeks of talk and speculation, what was supposed to happen in Vegas will indeed stay in Vegas.
In a press release sent out Friday, UNLV confirmed that its Sept. 7 game against Arizona this year will go off as scheduled in Las Vegas. The two schools, along with Russ Potts Productions and Sam Boyd Stadium managers Global Spectrum, had been in negotiations about moving the game to a “neutral site” — University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which is less than a two-hour drive from the Wildcats’ Tucson campus.
UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood said in a statement that the university was approached a promoter, Russ Potts Production, about moving the game. In the end, the numbers simply didn’t add up and the game will be played as scheduled in Las Vegas.
“[E]veryone was great in trying to make this thing work,” Livengood’s statement began. “We just couldn’t get the numbers to match up and in the end everyone agreed it would be best to keep the game here. We are excited to have seven home games this fall and that the Rebels will be opening up at Sam Boyd Stadium against a Pac-12 opponent.”
The rebels are scheduled to travel to the Wildcats to open the 2014 season Aug. 30. It’s assumed that game will go off when and where it was originally planned as well.