If Wisconsin is going to play at home on a Friday night, there’s only one acceptable time: Labor Day weekend.
That’s what Badgers athletics director Barry Alvarez said in a statement released Wednesday evening.
Alvarez said as a former college and high school coach, he understands the importance of Friday night football for high schools. He said it was right for the Big Ten to look at increasing exposure by playing on Friday nights, but only on a limited basis.
“There has been a lot of dialogue within our conference about the feasibility of playing a very limited number of Friday night games. As a former high school and college coach, I have great respect for the tradition and importance of Friday night high school football in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. As a conference, we felt it was the right time to explore additional opportunities for exposure on Friday nights on a limited basis.
“At Wisconsin, we are open to hosting games at Camp Randall on the Friday night prior to Labor Day weekend in selected years but have not committed to hosting Friday night games at any other time.”
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 2, 2016
Wisconsin is far from the first Big Ten school to comment on the Big Ten’s plans to expand to Friday nights: