HANOVER, N.H. — Fox College Sports (FCS) will televise the first-ever night game in Dartmouth football history to a national audience when Penn (0-2) comes to Memorial Field this Saturday at 6 p.m. The Big Green (1-1) play host to the two-time defending Ivy League champions in the conference opener for both teams.
This will be the first appearance on Fox for Dartmouth, but the 18th consecutive season that the Big Green have had at least one football game televised and the 73rd game overall since first appearing on NBC on Sept. 26, 1953 against Holy Cross. Two of the previous four televised Dartmouth games have been the last two meetings with the Quakers, both of which Penn won in close games, 30-24 in Hanover and 35-28 in overtime last year in Philadelphia.
The night game was made possible by funding from Chris Jenny, Class of 1977, and his wife, Andi, along with other generous donors through the Friends of Dartmouth Football. Seven light towers are installed at Memorial Field, three of which are on top of the Floren Varsity House, one at each end of the West Stands with another behind them, and the other in front of Leverone Field House. As recommended by the NCAA, the power of the lights will be at 50-foot candles for games.
Both teams are coming off tough losses as Dartmouth dropped a 24-21 contest at Sacred Heart and Penn fell to Philadelphia rival Villanova, 30-21. The Big Green allowed a field goal with a minute to play, then failed to convert a 53-yarder as time expired which would have sent the game into overtime. The Quakers, meanwhile, trailed by two in the final minute when the Wildcats picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown to seal the outcome.
A pair of skydivers, provided by Jumptown from Orange, Mass., will take part in the pregame festivities (weather permitting) to commemorate the historic game. The duo will land at midfield just seconds apart to deliver the game ball to the field.
FCS can be found locally in the Upper Valley on Comcast (channel 171), DirecTV (617) and Dish Network’s multi-sport package. Check the Fox College Sports website to find out how to watch the channel in your area.