Friday Night Lights Is Almost Here!

April 28, 2010

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SEATTLE - Husky Stadium will be rockin' this Friday night when the Washington football team comes out of the tunnel for its first night time spring football game under the lights.

The 'Friday Night Lights' spring football game will serve as the centerpiece for a number of athletic events taking place on campus at the same time. At 6 p.m. the top-ranked UW women's softball team hosts Oregon State, while the Washington baseball team faces Stanford. The football team is scheduled to take the field at 6:30 p.m. with an estimated 7 p.m. kickoff.

Football activities begin at 5 p.m. with the Husky Ticket Office's popular 'Select-A-Seat' event. Fans who have not decided whether or not to purchase season tickets are encouraged to attend Select-A-Seat, visit with ticket office representatives and actually check out the seats that are available.

The Husky Kids' Zone will open at 5:30 p.m. on the East Practice Field, adjacent to the stadium. Kids ages 13 and under are invited to come out and enjoy a number of football-related activities. Free food and beverages will be provided to kids under 13 (while supplies last).

'Friday Night Lights' will be streamed live via subscription-based Dawg Channel All-Access on and will feature a live radio broadcast on 950 KJR AM with Bob Rondeau, Chuck Nelson and Elise Woodward describing the action. UWTV and FSN Northwest will provide a delayed telecast of the game at least eight times over the next 10 days. The telecast premiers are scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. (UWTV) and Monday, May 3 at 10 p.m. (FSN). Tom Glasgow and Jason Stiles are slated to call the action.

'We are really looking forward to Friday,' Johri Fogerson said today. 'It's going to be a lot of fun. The guys are really excited to come out and play in front of our great fans.'

The game is scheduled to feature four 15-minute quarters with a running clock that stops only on change of possession, special situations or some of the special promotions and contests planned. The makeup of each specific team has not been determined. There will be no punting, punt returns, kickoffs or kick returns in the game. When the defense stops the offense there will be an automatic 40-yard punt from the spot of the final play. After each score, the ball will be placed on the 25 yard line.

During the game, a number of special promotions and contests are planned. While always subject to change, the contests are expected to include a quarterback challenge with Marques Tuiasosopo, a fastest man competition with coach Joel Thomas, a kicking completion led by coach Jimmie Dougherty and a tug-of-war featuring the UW strength staff. Rumors have also made the rounds of a hot dog eating contest at some point during the night.

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