Texas oil stadium won’t play until next spring, officials say
LUCAS OIL STADIUM, Texas — The Texas Longhorns are not going to play their next home game until the spring, according to athletic director John Cooley, who said the university was looking to save money by limiting the number of home games to six.
Texas plays in two of the four biggest stadiums in college football, the Houston Astro and the University of Houston’s NRG Stadium.
The Astro has played for two seasons, while the NRG is expected to host two home games next season.
Cooley said that while the Astro had hosted a lot of games over the past couple of years, the team had recently decided to play fewer games.
The stadium that was supposed to host the 2017 Texas Longhorn Bowl has been sold for the 2019 season.
It has been vacant since 2014, when Texas was in the midst of a football coaching search.
Texas had originally planned to host an event at the NRGs home stadium.
Coog said he had a meeting with the school’s athletic department last week about the possibility of having the game played at NRG.
Coogle said the school was in talks with a number of schools about playing a home game at NRGs new facility.
Cooley said it was a “terrible decision” to move forward with the NRGV because of cost concerns, but said the team would continue to work to get a home football game there.
Texas had previously considered playing a non-conference game in a nearby stadium, but that was never going to happen.