IOWA CITY, Iowa — Count Iowa among the Big Ten football schools willing to play on Friday nights — with conditions.
The Hawkeyes play every Black Friday against Nebraska with the sites rotating. Iowa would be willing to add another Friday to its schedule as long as it is attached to Labor Day weekend and not on a regular basis.
“The Big Ten Conference, like many other conferences, will begin hosting a limited number of Friday football games,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said Wednesday in a statement. “At Iowa, we have been playing Nebraska on the Friday following Thanksgiving. That game is scheduled to continue. We have also agreed that we would be willing to occasionally host a Friday night game surrounding Labor Day weekend.”
There has been some backlash around the Midwest regarding the Big Ten’s scheduling changes, particularly with games running concurrently with high school football. In his statement, Barta said he emphasizes with those concerns.
“We truly understand and appreciate the significance surrounding high school football in the State of Iowa,” Barta said. “Similar to football Saturdays in Iowa City, it is a wonderful opportunity that brings fans together to rally around their school.”