Posted by Tom Fornelli
Michigan State had already decided last fall that it would open its 2012 schedule against Boise State on a Friday night during Labor Day weekend, and it seems the school likes the idea of a Friday night game so much, they've decided to do it in 2011 as well. The school issued a statement on Thursday saying that it was moving its season opening game against Youngstown State from Saturday September 3 to Friday September 2.
“We’re extremely excited about this special opportunity to kick off the 2011 season with a nationally televised game against Youngstown State,” said Michigan State's AD Mark Hollis. “Over the years, fans have expressed increased interest in kicking off our home football schedule with a Friday night game on Labor Day weekend. We believe it will be a positive experience for our entire fan base, including the student body, and we couldn’t pull something like this off without campus-wide cooperation.
“Since Michigan (K-12) schools don’t begin fall classes until after Labor Day, the vast majority of high school teams will play their football games on Thursday that week, making this a great way for our fans to kick off the holiday weekend. By moving the Youngstown State game to Friday night, it’s also our hope that the state tourism industry will receive a positive bump since most fans will now have the opportunity to make plans to enjoy the entire Labor Day weekend.”
The game will be played in primetime on the Big Ten Network, and it will mark only the tenth time in school history that the Spartans have held a home game at night.
Personally, I'm all for moving the game to a Friday night. I'll take football on as many days of the week that I can get, because, let's face it, what else am I going to do on a Friday night? Go outside? I'm a blogger, fresh air terrifies me.