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ASU Football: Non-conference game with UNLV scheduled for Allegiant Stadium

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Arizona State’s road non-conference game with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) on Sep. 12 has been scheduled to be played at Allegiant Stadium, the newest NFL home of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Rebels will play six of their seven home games at the new venue, and the matchup with ASU is the team’s second home game of the year.

UNLV put out a release detailing the news earlier this afternoon, and the plan to schedule the game at the bigger venue was first detailed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. UNLV’s home stadium for football since 1971 has been Sam Boyd Stadium.

In order for the shift to happen, UNLV’s Mountain West matchup with Colorado State was pushed up from Saturday, Oct. 24 to Friday, Oct. 23 to allow the facility enough time for a quick turnaround when the Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 25 for Sunday Night Football. It was an agreement that UNLV and Colorado State made with the Raiders.

Allegiant Stadium is a 65,000-seat site that is expected to finish construction this July. ASU’s bout with the Rebels is its second game of the year, and the team’s first road matchup.

The Sun Devils’ other two non-conference games feature the home opener against Northern Arizona on Sep. 3, and another home contest with BYU on Sep. 19.

Whether or not the games will be played, or if fans will be permitted to attend amid the Coronavirus pandemic is still to be determined, but for now, it looks as if ASU has a non-conference meeting at a brand new venue come September.

Earlier today, the NCAA also approved voluntary workouts and activities for football and basketball to be resumed on June 1.