The Wolverines And The Spartans Will Compete In Their First Ever Night Game On October 7th

Sep 25, 2017

Michigan Stadium at night.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

For the first time in its over 100 year-old rivalry, The University of Michigan and Michigan State will play football against each other at night.


The game scheduled for October 7th at the big house between the Wolverines and the Spartans will kick off at 7:30 at night, despite Coach Jim Harbaugh's recent comments that he prefers day games.

It will be the first time the two Michigan rivals have played a night game and only the fourth home night game in U of M history.

The start time is decided these days by the TV networks, which under the Big Ten's new contract have final say on what time games are played.  For Michigan athletic officials, it means more security, better lighting, and enhanced police involvement to ensure everyone's safety due to a later game start time.

Michigan plans to open its parking lots at noon on the day of the game, which will be televised on ABC-TV that night.

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