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The 2016 season opener between Texas and Notre Dame at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin will be moved from Saturday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 4, both teams announced Friday.

The decision comes with the hope that a Sunday game will draw more national attention than a Saturday game will, since several season openers will take place that Saturday and the NFL season will not start until the following week.

“Having worked in both programs, I have a deep appreciation of the great football pride, tradition and passion at Texas and Notre Dame,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a statement. “This is a game we’re obviously very excited about and really looking forward to. I think moving it to Sunday with no NFL games when it can really be in the spotlight will make it that much more special.”

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The game time and broadcast information are yet to be determined.

Last season, the Irish routed the Longhorns 38–3 at home in their season opener.

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