WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue will host one of the 2017 Big Ten Conference Friday primetime games, when the Boilermakers take on Ohio on Sept. 8 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
“It will be a historic date for Boilermaker football: the first home game for our new head coach and under the lights on a Friday night at Ross-Ade Stadium,” Purdue athletics director Mike Bobinski said. “We look forward to making it a memorable game for our fans, especially our students, who I expect will be out in full force. We will make every effort to showcase everything Purdue has to offer to a primetime national television audience.”
The six Big Ten Friday night games for 2017, which will be televised by ESPN and FOX, are as follows:
Sept. 1: Washington at Rutgers
Sept. 1: Utah State at Wisconsin
Sept. 8: Ohio at Purdue
Sept. 29: Nebraska at Illinois
Oct. 13: Northwestern at Maryland
Oct. 27: Michigan State at Northwestern
As a result of the Big Ten’s new television agreements, every conference football game over the next six years will be nationally televised by ABC/ESPN, FOX or BTN. Of the approximately 600 games scheduled to be broadcast by those television partners in the next six years, 36 games (six per year) will occur on Friday night. While not all institutions are able to participate in Friday night matchups, all 14 institutions will participate in the broad initiative to provide more primetime exposure on national platforms.
The Big Ten appreciates the significance of high school football within the region and has worked to minimize the impact of this initiative by limiting the number of Friday night games. Overall, these games represent approximately 6 percent of Big Ten home games annually, and no institution will host more than one game in any given year. Friday night games also will be announced at least 10 months in advance to provide all parties adequate time to prepare.
On Oct. 14, Purdue Athletics announced that permanent lights will be installed at Ross-Ade Stadium in time for the 2017 football season.
ALL-TIME NIGHT GAMES AT ROSS-ADE
Oct. 18, 1986 – Ohio State
Sept. 10, 1994 – Toledo
Sept. 21, 1996 – West Virginia
Oct. 1, 2005 – Notre Dame
Oct. 6, 2007 – Ohio State
Sept. 26, 2009 – Notre Dame
Oct. 1, 2011 – Notre Dame
Sept. 14, 2013 – Notre Dame