Washington's Football Season Opener Moved To Friday Night

Feb. 1, 2007

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    SEATTLE -- The date and time of the University of Washington's season-opening football game at Syracuse University has been changed to accommodate a national telecast by Big East Conference rights-holder ESPN, the league announced today.

    The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, will be played on Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse campus in upstate New York. The Friday night game will mark only the second non-Saturday contest for the Huskies since 1999. Washington's 2004 season opener against Fresno State was played on a Sunday and the 1999 opener at Brigham Young University was played on a Thursday night. In addition, UW's regular-season ESPN appearance will be the fourth in school history - 1987 at Texas A&M; 1992 vs. Nebraska; 1999 at BYU.

    Deposits for new season tickets and renewals are both being accepted now. Call 206/543-2200 or click here for information.

    The season-opener for both teams, the game will serve as the first gridiron meeting between the two schools since 1977 and Washington's second-ever visit to the state of New York. The two teams have played only twice previously with each claiming a home victory. In the 1977 contest, the Orangemen earned a 22-20 home win in Archbold Stadium (the Carrier Dome opened in 1980). In 1973, Washington earned a 21-7 victory in front of more than 54,000 fans at Husky Stadium.

    Washington is 3-5 all-time against teams that play football in the current Big East Conference with five of the eight meetings coming against the University of Pittsburgh. UW has also played a single contest against Cincinnati in addition to the two games against Syracuse.

    Following the opener, Washington will return to Seattle for a pair of home contests against Boise State (Sept. 8) and Ohio State (Sept. 15). The Huskies will also play USC, Oregon, Arizona, California and Washington State during its seven-game home schedule.

    Deposits for new season tickets are currently being accepted through the Husky Athletic Ticket Office by calling 206/543-2200 or online through GoHuskies.com. Season ticket renewal forms are currently being distributed through the mail and are due for return by early-March.

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