March 31, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is so excited to start the 2011 football season that the Badgers and their opening-game opponent, UNLV, have decided to move their season-opener up two days. The game will now be played at Camp Randall Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1 with the game time to be announced at a later date.
"To be able to open up the college football season at home, in front of our tremendous fans at Camp Randall Stadium in a Thursday night game, something that has only been done here one other time, will be very special," head coach Bret Bielema said. "It will be great national exposure for our program and a terrific way to kick off the 2011 season."
The last time Wisconsin played a home game on a Thursday night was a 19-7 win over Western Michigan on Aug. 31, 2000, also the season-opener. Since 1998, the Badgers are 8-2 at home in night games. Overall, UW has won 26 of its last 29 games played at night.
The night game against UNLV is just the start of an intriguing 2011 home schedule for the Badgers that includes a game against Pac-12 power Oregon State, Nebraska's first-ever Big Ten conference game and a match-up against Penn State to close the season.
For information on season tickets, please visit www.wisconsinfootball2011.com.
The Badgers are currently in week two of spring football practice. Spring ball concludes with the annual Spring Game at Camp Randall Stadium on April 23 at 1 p.m. Tickets to the game are $5 with all proceeds benefitting the UW School of Nursing. For complete information on spring football practice, visit Spring Football Central.