Baylor University is providing the stadium rent-free, and admission is free for all fans. Television broadcast details are developing and will be announced once finalized. Numerous Baylor Athletics staff members have volunteered to assist with gameday operations.
"We are honored Sam Houston State and Richmond will play in McLane Stadium," Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "This is a small gesture to hopefully provide some relief in an incredibly difficult time, and to assist two of the nation's premier FCS programs. We will do everything possible to provide the student-athletes, coaches and their fans a first-class experience."
The game was scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, at Bowers Stadium on the Sam Houston State campus in Huntsville, Texas, but it was postponed due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
"We remain committed to serving as a resource for additional programs as they deal with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey," Rhoades said. "We will continue to pray for those affected by the storm, along with the first responders and civilians who are selflessly working to assist those in need."
McLane Stadium opened in 2014 and has hosted numerous Texas high school football games, but Friday's game will mark the stadium's first college football matchup that doesn't feature Baylor.
Baylor's 2017 season opener is at 6 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium. The Bears will face Liberty on Fan Appreciation Day, with the first 5,000 fans receiving a cooling towel and the first 500 kids in the berm seating to receive sunglasses. Limited tickets are available by calling the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or ordering online at www.baylorbears.com/footballtickets.