K-State football to open on a Friday

By Joshua Kinder

The college football season is coming to Kansas State fans a little bit earlier this season — one day earlier, actually.

K-State announced Tuesday that the Wildcats’ season opener against North Dakota State will be Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. from Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which is currently under construction.

It will be the first-ever Friday night game for K-State after playing a pair of Thursday night games against Nebraska and Kansas during the 2010 season.

The game will air nationally on Fox Sports 1, a new 24-hour sports channel that debuts Aug. 17.

“This is an exciting opportunity for K-State, especially as we showcase the grand-opening of the new West Stadium Center,” K-State athletic director John Currie said in a release. “There is significant TV interest in this matchup against North Dakota State, two-time defending FCS national champion and owner of victories over KU, Minnesota and Colorado State in the past three seasons.”

Currie said originally it was Fox’s intent to play the game on a Sunday night, but K-State officials felt it would “negatively impact our student attendance as well as the Labor Day holiday weekend plans of our fans.”

The game won’t interfere with high school football plans either, as the prep season doesn’t get underway until the following week.

“We were initially concerned about negatively impacting high school football,” Currie said. “We discussed the idea with Coach (Bill) Snyder, President (Kirk) Schulz’s cabinet, the Ahearn Fund Advisory Board and our staff, and with their unified support we made the decision to proceed with the shift to Friday night.”

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