HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth’s Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens announced today that his Big Green squad will play its home opener at Memorial Field against Holy Cross at 7 p.m. This is just the third scheduled night game since the light towers — funded by Chris Jenny, Class of 1977, and his wife, Andi, along with other generous donors through the Friends of Dartmouth Football — were installed at the facility before the 2011 season.
Last year Dartmouth opened the season with a night game against Butler in front of over 9,000 fans, recording a 35-7 triumph that began with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and featured one offensive touchdown for the Big Green in each quarter. The homecoming game against Harvard on Oct. 27 began at 5 p.m. with much of the contest played with the lights on, but is not considered a night game. Only events that start at 6 p.m. or later are labeled as night games by the NCAA.
Dartmouth first played under the lights (at Memorial Field or any other venue) on Oct. 1, 2011 when it hosted Penn in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Quakers spoiled the festivities in the rain by scoring the game-winning touchdown with 17 seconds to play, leaving the Big Green on the wrong end of a 22-20 score.
Game times for the remainder of the schedule will be announced when they are finalized, although the homecoming game against Yale on Oct. 12 has already been set to kick off at 1:30 p.m.