Rice-Texas game in 2010 headed for Reliant Stadium

August, 20, 2009
8/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Rice officials have decided to move their season-opening home game in 2010 from Rice Stadium to Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Riceowls.com had some interesting details on the financing for the game. Rice will receive an undisclosed sum from Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and SMG-Reliant Park officials for relocating the nonconference contest, but it's a figure so sizable that it nearly doubles the Owls' total revenue from their six home games played at Rice Stadium in 2008.

"Every single institution around the country has been put in situations where finances are first and foremost," Rice athletic director Chris Del Conte told Riceowls.com. "The economic health and viability of the Rice athletic department - every day that's what I worry about. We've had some really good last couple of years, we're doing a better job (of balancing the budget), and everything is going in the right direction. But at the same time you've always got to worry about the financial health of your athletic department."

Texas probably doesn't have much to worry about as far as a potential upset opportunity in either facility, but their chances figure to be a lot stronger at Reliant Stadium -- where they likely will have the majority of the fans at the game.

It also should provide a recruiting boon to both schools by playing in an NFL facility that has hosted a Super Bowl in the past.  

And the larger seating capacity will mean more fans will have the opportunity to see both the Longhorns and the Owls.

It sounds like a win-win deal for both schools to me.

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