Arizona Wildcats football: UNLV game to remain in Las Vegas

2013-05-24T14:08:00Z 2013-05-24T14:38:58Z Arizona Wildcats football: UNLV game to remain in Las VegasDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2013 2:08 pm  • 

Arizona Wildcats fans hoping for a September excursion to Las Vegas will get their wish after all.

UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood released a statement this afternoon saying the Rebels' game against the UA on Sept. 7 will remain in Las Vegas, rather than being moved to Glendale.

Earlier this month, Livengood said he was working on moving the game between the Rebels and Wildcats to University of Phoenix Stadium-home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. 

However, Livengood, the former athletic director at the UA, said in a statement this afternoon that he wasn't able to make it work.

His full statement: "We were approached by a promoter to move our September 7 home football game against Arizona to Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium but we've decided to keep the game in Las Vegas. We went through the process with the University of Arizona, Russ Potts Productions and Global Spectrum (which manages the stadium) and everyone was great in trying to make this thing work. 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 UA will open its season Aug. 30 at home against NAU.

If the game was moved to Glendale, the Wildcats would have played eight of their 12 games within state limits. Arizona concludes its season on Nov. 30 at ASU. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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