Big Ten to include Friday night games beginning in 2017


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Big Ten football is coming to Friday nights in 2017.

Friday night lights are known for hard hits, quick plays and big wins. When Friday is upon us, most people are excited for the weekend. But if you are a student, athlete, parent or an all-around sports fanatic – you’re excited for high school football.

But that is all about to change. High schools are going to have to start sharing their Friday nights with some college teams.

On Wednesday, the Big Ten announced six of its football games will take place on Friday nights starting next year.

Both students and athletes are excited about the decision.

“I would love it to be honest. There’s not much to do here on a Friday night,” said Ena Sabanagic, a Purdue freshman soccer player.

Purdue quarterback David Blough is also excited.

“That’s cool. Every little kid in Texas dreams about Friday nights,” he said. “I’m sure it’ll be fun.”

This could be seen as a problem to sports fans who like to attend both high school and college level games.

Mark Rudner, a senior associate commissioner for the conference, said the Big Ten expects to announce the 2017 Friday night schedule within the next week.