Kickoff set for Arkansas State, Illinois games

From Indiana sports information:

IU-ARKANSAS STATE, ILLINOIS KICK TIMES ANNOUNCED

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football team will face Arkansas State and Illinois at noon ET on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, respectively. IU welcomes ASU to Bloomington for Homecoming and travels to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Fighting Illini.

Taking a break from Big Ten play, Indiana wraps up non-conference play with its first-ever meeting against Arkansas State. The 2010 Homecoming date was previously scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 30, but the addition of a third home football game in October prompted the change. The Hoosiers have won five of their last six Homecoming contests, including a 27-14 victory over Illinois in 2009.

IU kicks off the 2010 campaign on a Thursday night for the second straight season. The Hoosiers will host Towson in the first meeting between the two schools on Sept. 2. Indiana played its first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium in 2009, as it earned a 19-13 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2010 season and can be purchased by calling 866-IUSPORTS. Students can also add season tickets to their Bursar account during class registration.

Indiana had the third-largest one-year percentage increase in average attendance nationally in 2009, increasing by 10,051 to 41,833. It marked the Hoosiers’ largest home attendance since 1992 (44,074) and the first time they exceeded 40,000 since the same year.

IU also sold out an expanded student section twice, against Ohio State (11,000 seats) and again vs. Purdue (15,200 seats). The Purdue total was the fourth-largest student section in Memorial Stadium history and the largest since 1989.

4 comments

  1. I understand PR and promoting yourself with whatever statistics make you look good, but this ‘3rd largest increase in avg attendance’ crap is getting really old. It was a farce given the schedule we had (OSU and Purdue) and I anticipate we may have one of the largest drops in attendance this year, but won’t hear a thing about it.

  2. Not having the OSU and PUke games at home will be challenging but in the end any decrease will not be much. I am sure AD Glass has additional ideas for increasing attendance developed after last years initial effort. He does not appear to be a man who would take backing up easily.

  3. don’t forget, we are robbed of the PSU game and that was the biggest on the schedule. Unless a surprise great season, I think attendance will be down big time! I am excited to travel to the Illinois game this year. Any great places to stay or to eat..ideas are welcome everyone.

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