Penn State ‘Will Not’ Host Friday Night Football Games
Though the Big Ten announced plans on Wednesday to host six Friday night games in 2017, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune, Penn State’s ahletic department has no interest in hosting one of said contests at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State has informed the Big Ten that we will not host football games on a Friday night. pic.twitter.com/6SH1tcvrw4
— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) November 2, 2016
“Penn State has informed the Big Ten that we will not host football games on a Friday night. We are receptive to an occasional day game on the day after Thanksgiving,” the athletic department said in a release. “We support the conference’s desire to expand exposure for Big Ten football on national platforms, providing additional content at high-demand times, and we’ve agreed to play no more than one away game each year on a Friday night.”
Large-stadium schools like Michigan and Ohio State are also highly unlikely to be called upon by Big Ten Commisioner Jim Delany. In fact, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Wolverines told the Big Ten that they decline both home or road options, citing the “consistency of presentation” playing on Saturdays provides for the program. There will be three non-conference and three Big Ten clashes on Friday nights next fall. Opening week was the lone time the conference had approved these games in the past.