April 7, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department in conjunction with Penn State University, television partner ESPN and the Big Ten Conference have announced that the Oct. 11 football game at Michigan Stadium will be televised in primetime. The conference game will be played at 7 p.m. EDT, and televised nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2.
This will be the third night game in the history of Michigan Stadium and the first against a Big Ten Conference opponent. The previous two primetime contests came against Notre Dame in 2011 and 2013, both victories for the Wolverines.
ESPN also televised Michigan's first two home night games, generating large audiences for both. ESPN averaged 8,653,000 viewers (a 5.3 HH US rating) for the 2013 telecast and 7,541,000 viewers (a 4.5 HH US rating) for the 2011 matchup.
"The night game atmosphere created by our fans has been electric and we expect that same type of energy for our first-ever conference night game against Penn State," said Brady Hoke, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. "Our players really enjoy playing in primetime at Michigan Stadium."
This is the second night game that has been announced for the 2014 season. Michigan will play the final game in the long-standing series with Notre Dame on Sept. 6 in primetime. The game between the two winningest programs in college football will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. EDT from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
Additional primetime games can be designated during the early selection process by the networks.
The Penn State game headlines the 2014 home schedule, which begins on Aug. 30 vs. Appalachian State. Season Ticket Renewals are currently on-going with the deadline being next Tuesday, April 15. Ticket Packs, including Family Packs, will go on sale on June 3. A complete 2014 ticket calendar can also be found at MGoBlue.com/experience.
Fans interested in obtaining season tickets for the 2014 season can join the Season Ticket Interest List by next Tuesday (April 15). Visit MGoBlue.com/experience to learn more about the Season Ticket Interest List as well as the benefits of being a season ticket holder.
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