Nevada football's game at UCLA in 2026 will pay the Wolf Pack $1.3 million, the 10th game in school history with a seven-figure payout.
The Wolf Pack's game at the Rose Bowl, which was announced last week, will be tied for the sixth highest payout in school history along with a 2017 game at Northwestern.
Nevada Sports Net received the official contract between Nevada and UCLA following a public records request, which revealed the $1.3 million payout, which is due to Nevada on or before April 1, 2027. The game is scheduled to be played Sept. 19, 2026. It is a one-game contract, so UCLA will not return a game to Mackay Stadium.
The game was agreed upon and signed by Nevada on Sept. 16, 2019. UCLA finalized the deal by signing it Sept. 26, 2019. It will be a return to UCLA for Nevada head coach Jay Norvell, who was the Bruins' offensive coordinator in 2007. Wolf Pack wide receivers coach Eric Scott also played and coached for the Bruins.
UCLA is coming off a 3-8 season, including a 4-5 mark in Pac-12 play, under second-year coach Chip Kelly, who is 7-17 in two seasons with the Bruins.
Other interesting tidbits from the game contract include:
* The Pac-12 will retain the television rights to the game.
* Pac-12 officials will be used for the game. UCLA will pay for the referees.
* Nevada will get 600 complimentary tickets from UCLA.
* Nevada's cheerleaders, mascots and band will get into the game free. The band will count against the 600 complementary tickets.
* If either team cancels the game 24 months prior to scheduled kickoff, it will owe the opposition $1.5 million. If the game is canceled within 24 months of the contest, it will owe the opposition $1.75 million.
Nevada has at least one $1 million-plus game every year until 2024, plus this 2026 matchup and a future game against Penn State without a date. The Wolf Pack has two major payday games in Southern California in the coming years, which is one of its top recruiting grounds. It also plays at USC in 2023 in a game that will guaranteed Nevada a school-record $1.6 million.
A look at the top-10 one-game guarantees in Wolf Pack football history.
1. at USC (2023), $1.6 million
2t. at Arkansas (2020), $1.5 million
2t. at Texas A&M (2015), $1.5 million
2t. at Iowa (2022), $1.5 million
5. at Penn State (TBD), $1.45 million
6t. at Northwestern (2017), $1.3 million
6t. at UCLA (2026), $1.3 million
8. at Minnesota (2024), $1.2 million
9t. at Notre Dame (2016), $1 million
9t. at Kansas State (2021), $1 million
Nevada's future schedule
Here’s a look at Nevada’s non-conference payouts for its future-scheduled games.
Aug. 29: vs. UC Davis (-$375,000)
Sept. 5: at Arkansas (+$1.5 million)
Sept. 12: vs. UTEP (-$400,000)
Sept. 19: at South Florida (+$225,000)
Sept. 4: at Cal (unknown payment)
Sept. 11: vs. Idaho State (-$350,000)
Sept. 18: at Kansas State (+$1 million)
Oct. 9: vs. New Mexico State (-$200,000)
Aug. 27: at New Mexico State (+$200,000)
Sept. 3: vs. Texas State (-$400,000)
Sept. 10: vs. Incarnate Word (-$400,000)
Sept. 17: at Iowa ($1.5 million)
Sept. 2: at USC (+$1.6 million)
Sept. 16: at Texas State (+$400,000)
Sept. 14: at Minnesota ($1.2 million)
Sept. 19: at UCLA ($1.3 million)
TBD future year
at Penn State (+$1.45 million)