Indiana hosting two prime-time football games

From an IU sports information release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Two of Indiana’s six home football games will be Big Ten Network prime time broadcasts, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.  The Hoosiers will face Towson on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Akron on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

“As we continue to grow our football program, it is terrific when we are able to play in prime-time games,” Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass said. “Playing at night creates an electric game-day atmosphere, generally increases our attendance and gives our program added exposure. Prime-time kickoffs are a win-win for IU Football.”

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. Indiana played its first Thursday game in Memorial Stadium in 2009, as it earned a 19-13 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Akron returns to the Bloomington for the second time and meets IU for the third time in four seasons. The Hoosiers collected a 41-24 win in 2007 and a 38-21 triumph in Ohio last year.

Indiana played three games under the Memorial Stadium lights in 2009, posting a 2-1 record. IU will also welcome Michigan (Oct. 2), Arkansas State (Oct. 16), Northwestern (Oct. 30) and Iowa (Nov. 6) to The Rock this year.

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.

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  1. Its a little sad that our “prime time” games are against a 1AA team and a MAC team…

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