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Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU's Mike the Tiger mascot and the Golden Band from Tigerland are used to NRG Stadium in Houston.

Before LSU kicks off its 2016 seasons against Wisconsin from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tigers fans can get a head start on ticket arraignments for next season.

Starting Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. CT, tickets for LSU’s 2017 season opener against BYU at NRG Stadium in Houston will go on sale to the general public as part of a two-game ticket package with the 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, Lone Star Sports & Entertainment and ESPN Events officials announced Friday morning.

LSU’s opener on Sept. 2, 2017, which is the fifth annual AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, can’t be purchased separately at this time, a Houston Texans spokesperson confirmed. However, rates for the two-game package run between $85 and $500, and the package can be purchased by calling 832-667-2160 or stopping by the NRG Stadium Box Office.

A limited amount of luxury suites is available at 832-667-2160, and more information on the individual or luxury suite packages can be found at

The 2017 opener will be the third time in four years that LSU has or is currently scheduled to play at NRG Stadium. The Tigers played the first of their two-game series game against Wisconsin in Houston, beating the Badgers, 28-24. That game was the highest attended college football game in the history of NRG Stadium.

LSU also defeated Texas Tech, 56-27, in the 2015 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl to cap off a 9-3 season.

The 2016 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff will feature Oklahoma and Houston, which will kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.

The Tigers and Cougars are meeting for the first time in the two schools' histories.