Season Opener at Michigan State Moved to Friday in Prime Time

Head Coach Eric Wolford.
Head Coach Eric Wolford.

The Youngstown State football team will open the 2011 season on Friday, Sept. 2 at Michigan State. Kickoff for the contest will be 7:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium in a game that will be televised by the Big Ten Network and carried on 570 WKBN.

The first-ever meeting between the Spartans and Penguins was originally set for Sept. 3. The game has been moved up a day for to be televised live on the BTN. As of today, it will be one of two contests that evening throughout the country. The other features TCU vs. Baylor.

For the Guins, it will be their first Friday game since Nov. 25, 1994 when they played host to Alcorn State in the first round of the playoffs at Stambaugh Stadium. That contest was televised nationally on ESPN, the day following Thanksgiving. Alcorn State's quarterback at the time was Steve McNair.

The last time the Penguins played a season-opening game on the road at night was at Western Michigan in 1993. It marks just the 10th night game in the 88-year history of Spartan Stadium.

Tickets for game at Michigan State are currently available for Gridiron Club members of the Penguin Club and for season-ticket holders, based upon availability. Each ticket is $55, which includes a processing fee.

The Ticket Office will hold a one-day sale of Michigan State tickets for YSU students in August. That date will be announced in the near future.

There will be no sale of Michigan State tickets to non-season ticket holders or non-Penguin Club members. It is the best opportunity to guarantee tickets for YSU's first-ever trip to Michigan State. The Spartans, who were Big Ten Conference champions in 2010, are coached by former Penguins assistant coach Mark Dantonio.

YSU Traveline is offering Youngstown State football fans an overnight trip to watch the Penguins play the Spartans.

The trip will leave YSU campus on Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. and return on Saturday morning following the game. The cost is $150 per double occupancy and includes round-trip motorcoach transportation, lunch on the bus to East Lansing, one night accommodations at the Lexington Lansing Hotel, driver gratuity and a mini tailgate party featuring food and beverage specials at the hotel.

The cost of the trip does not include a game ticket, which can be purchased by Penguin Club Gridiron Members and Season-Ticket Holders by contacting the Youngstown State Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978. Tickets are $55.

The return time on Saturday morning is set for 10 a.m.

Contact Traveline between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Monday-Friday) at (330) 941-2391 to make a reservation or for more information.