UTEP Miners-UAB Blazers to play a day earlier, change locations

UTEP has changed the date of its upcoming football game against UAB and relocated it to a high school stadium 300 miles away from campus due to conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic in El Paso, Texas.

The game will be played Friday, Nov. 20, at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas, and kickoff will be at noon ET on ESPN+. It was previously to be played the following day.

"We feel hosting UAB in Midland will give us the best opportunity to get on the field and compete," UTEP coach Dana Dimel said in a statement. "While we are disappointed that we will not be playing in front of our home crowd, we are looking forward to the opportunity to play the game at Grande Stadium."

Fans will not be allowed at the 15,000-seat venue, which was built in 2002. UTEP (3-3) has already seen two games -- against Southern Mississippi and North Texas -- postponed due to the virus. Last week's game against Florida International was canceled.