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BYU football working on neutral-site game against Fresno State in Oakland in 2017

June 24, 2016

The BYU football team has played in a number of NFL stadiums over the years, including a game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City in 2015 and scheduled contests in 2016 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

According to a June 17 report from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, the Cougars could be soon adding at least one other pro stadium to their list in 2017: O.co Coliseum in Oakland, the home of the Oakland Raiders.

According to the agenda, the authority is currently working to schedule a neutral-site game between BYU and Fresno State at the stadium.

The Executive Director’s Report from Scott McKibben said: “We are currently in final negotiations with the Athletic Director of Fresno State for a neutral site game to be played at the coliseum in November 2017. The game will feature Fresno State as the home team against BYU. We hope to complete these negotiations one way or the other by early August of this year.”

The Cougars are already slated to play LSU in Houston at NRG Stadium to start the 2017 season. BYU also has anticipated road trips to Utah State, Mississippi State, East Carolina, UNLV and Hawaii during that season.

The potential of moving the Fresno State game to a venue like the O.co Coliseum in Oakland would be another nice venue for a neutral-site contest.

There are obviously still details to be worked out but don’t be surprised if the adjustment gets announced in the next couple of months.

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at (801) 344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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