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.
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.”
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.