Football's 2012 Opener Moved To A Thursday

Feb. 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV football will debut at home on a Thursday for the first time in 30 years as the Rebels' season-opening game vs. Minnesota has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 30, the two schools announced today.

Kickoff time and television information for this and all 2012 games are still to be determined.

The Rebels and Golden Gophers will be facing each other for the first time and Minnesota will be only the third Big Ten Conference team to ever appear in Las Vegas, following a 2001 visit from Northwestern and five trips to Sam Boyd Stadium by Wisconsin (1986, 1996, 2002, 2007 and 2010). The Rebels will return the Minnesota game by traveling to the North Star State for the first time for the 2013 season opener.

"Moving away from the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend not only gives us a little bigger spotlight on a busy opening weekend of college football, but it also helps many of our fans," said UNLV Director of Athletics Jim Livengood. "They'll get to come out and watch a great matchup vs. a Big Ten opponent and then still enjoy their holiday plans."

Moving the 2012 game two days earlier gives UNLV a late-August opener for the seventh time in history and first time since hosting Utah State on Aug. 30, 2008. Despite losing last year's lid-lifter on a Thursday at Wisconsin, the Rebels boast a record of 8-5 all-time in Thursday games. The only other time UNLV opened its season on a Thursday in Las Vegas was Sept. 2, 1982, vs. BYU in a game televised by what was then known as WTBS.

While the Mountain West is expected to release its conference schedule in early March, the Rebels now have their five-game non-conference dates set. UNLV will play 13 games during the regular season, including seven at home this fall.

Deposits for new season-ticket holders are currently being accepted by calling (702) 739-FANS (3267) and single-game tickets are expected to be available starting in late July.

Aug. 30 -- Minnesota
Sept. 8 -- Northern Arizona
Sept. 15 -- Washington State
Sept. 29 -- at Utah State
Oct. 6 -- at Louisiana Tech