Indiana to Play Penn State at FedExField in 2010
Aug. 26, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that the athletic department has reached an agreement with the Washington Redskins and FedExField to move its 2010 Big Ten Conference home football game with Penn State to the Redskins' home facility in Landover, Maryland. The game will be played on November 20, 2010. Indiana will add another home game to the schedule so that the Hoosiers will still play six home games in Bloomington at Memorial Stadium in 2010.
"This is a unique opportunity to partner with an outstanding organization like the Washington Redskins to bring Hoosier football to within an afternoon's drive of all our fans and tens of thousands of alumni that live along the eastern seaboard," said Glass. "We believe that this will be an outstanding, bowl-like experience for our student-athletes, provide us with added recruiting visibility on the east coast, and will serve as a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to spend time in and around the nation's capital."
Under the arrangement, IU will receive $3,000,000 and will be responsible for selling 7,000 seats. The game also will be shown by one of the Big Ten Conference's television partners (ABC, Big Ten Network or ESPN). In addition, Glass said the department is in the process of shuffling the 2010 non-conference schedule and will replace a road game with another foe at home so that there is no net loss of home games for Indiana fans and the Bloomington community.
"We are excited to have Indiana and Penn State playing a Big Ten Conference game at FedExField," Redskins Chief Operating Officer Mitch Gershman said. "Both universities have a very large following with enthusiastic fan support and alumni in the Washington Metropolitan area. It is a unique opportunity for the fans of this area to watch Big Ten Football in person, and we expect a great crowd at the game."
FedExField, with a seating capacity of 91,704, is the largest venue used by a professional sports team in the United States. Opened in 1997, the venue has hosted several college football games, including the 2004 BCA Classic between the Virginia Tech Hokies and USC Trojans. That contest attracted 91,665 spectators.
"We are excited FedExField, the Big Ten, Penn State and Fred Glass worked together to make this happen," said IU Coach Bill Lynch. "FedExField is a state-of-the-art facility and our student-athletes will enjoy playing in a NFL venue."
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