2009 Football Schedule Released
March 26, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV football team will open with three straight home games for the first time in 20 years to highlight arguably the best slate of games in Sam Boyd Stadium history, as the Mountain West Conference released its complete 2009 schedule on Thursday.
UNLV Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick also announced that fans will not see a season ticket price increase.
"We're sensitive to the extraordinary demands that this economy has put on our community and we're pleased that we can offer such an impressive schedule of games without raising prices in 2009," Hamrick said. "We want Rebel fans to be able to get out to Sam Boyd Stadium for all seven games during what should be an exciting year of football."
Prices for the seven-game home package, which are now on sale by calling (702) 739-FANS, remain the same as 2008: $100 in the end zone and $185 for sideline seating. Premium seating requires an additional Rebel Athletic Fund donation. Orders will be taken and seat locations will be assigned based on order of receipt once the renewal deadline for Rebel Athletic Fund members and all current UNLV football season tickets holders (May 30) has passed. Season tickets will be mailed in early August. Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale Monday, June 15 (see prices below).
A school-record eight of UNLV's 12 opponents this fall played in bowl games last season, including five that are coming to Sam Boyd Stadium.
UNLV, which will play only on Saturdays this fall, opens the year by hosting Sacramento State for the first time ever on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. PT. One week later, Oregon State (Sun Bowl appearance last season) comes to town for the second time ever and first time since 1991 for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 12. The following week, longtime-rival Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl) returns to town for the 19th all-time game in the series, starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19. The Rebels' road and MWC schedule begins a week later when they travel to play Wyoming on Sept. 26 at noon PT. The non-conference slate concludes when the annual Battle for the Fremont Cannon is waged at Nevada, Reno (Humanitarian Bowl) on Oct. 3 at a time to be announced.
BYU (Las Vegas Bowl) returns to Sam Boyd Stadium on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. while Utah (Sugar Bowl) comes in one week later, also at 7 p.m. A trip to New Mexico is slated for Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. PT while UNLV makes a Halloween visit to TCU (Poinsettia Bowl) on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. PT. Two of the Rebels' final three regular-season games are at home as Colorado State (New Mexico Bowl) is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 7 before UNLV ends its road schedule at Air Force (Armed Forces Bowl) on Nov. 14 starting at 3 p.m. PT.
After playing 11 straight games, the Rebels will have a week off before hosting San Diego State on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. to close their regular season.
"I love the fact that we open up at home and we have three here to start the season," said UNLV fifth-year head coach Mike Sanford. "Seven home games is a real plus but it's a really tough schedule. Obviously our conference has more good teams than ever and we are playing quality teams out of conference as well."
No less than nine of 12 Rebel games are already scheduled to be televised this fall. The Oregon State game will mark UNLV's only appearance on CBS College Sports Network (Cox Digital Channel 333/DIRECTV Channel 613/DISH 152) while the trip to TCU will be the program's first time on VERSUS (Cox Digital Channel 67/DIRECTV Channel 603/DISH 151) since 2007. Seven games will be shown by The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network, which is available nationally on DIRECTV Channel 616 (Cox Digital Channel 334).
2009 UNLV FOOTBALL DATE OPPONENT SITE TV TIME (PT) Sept. 5 SACRAMENTO STATE LAS VEGAS None 7:00 pm Sept. 12 OREGON STATE LAS VEGAS CBS C HD 8:00 pm Sept. 19 HAWAII LAS VEGAS The Mtn. 6:00 pm Sept. 26 at Wyoming* Laramie, WY None 12:00 pm Oct. 3 at Nevada, Reno Reno, NV TBA TBA Oct. 10 BYU* LAS VEGAS The Mtn. 7:00 pm Oct. 17 UTAH* LAS VEGAS The Mtn. 7:00 pm Oct. 24 at New Mexico* Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. 5:00 pm Oct. 31 at TCU* Fort Worth, TX VERSUS HD 1:00 pm Nov. 7 COLORADO STATE* LAS VEGAS The Mtn. 7:00 pm Nov. 14 at Air Force* Colorado Springs The Mtn. 3:00 pm Nov. 21 BYE WEEK Nov. 28 SAN DIEGO STATE* LAS VEGAS The Mtn. 6:00 pm *Mountain West Conference Game