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Tue May 15, 2018 1:48 pm

9/1- 6:30 p.m.- St. Xavier
9/8- 6:30 p.m.- Eastern Illinois
10/6- 2 p.m. - Western Illinois
10/13- 2 p.m.- Southern Illinois
10/27 - Noon- South Dakota State
11/17- Noon- Youngstown State.

Nice mix of times. They should definitely open the tailgate lots earlier for those two 6:30 games.

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Tue May 15, 2018 2:51 pm

Ugh. That SXU game is still on there...

I'll be at Maggie's till about 5:45 then wobble the 20 min to Hancock.

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Tue May 15, 2018 9:51 pm

No fan of the Noon game times - I would much rather have at least 1:00 or 2:00. Shutting down a tailgate at 11:30 has an odd feel to it.

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Wed May 16, 2018 12:23 am

Love the 6:30 and 2 games times, makes for good tailgating. The noon games i get but don't really like it, wish we had a home night game that was a conference game like we usually do but that's alright, i get it. Looking forward to tailgating and football season.

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Wed May 16, 2018 8:46 pm

I don't mind noon games for the last game of the season (as it starts getting a little colder), but agree that 1 p.m. is much better.

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Wed May 16, 2018 9:17 pm

Noon's not great, especially if you're coming like, say, from Madison, so you'd have to leave by maybe 7am to start your tailgate by 10, only to shut down, as Birdswin points out, an hour and a half later. Just my personal beef!! :x Just come down the night before, I guess! :D

At least we're not in the "big time" TV schedule of 11am game time, just head to the game after breakfast!

Love the night games tho, not sure why exactly, but to me there's nothing like a good night football game at Hancock.

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As someone who is ready for a nap around 6pm during the noon and 2pm starts, I'm not a huge fan of night games. I love the long tailgating that comes with the 6:30 games, not so much a fan of sitting through the game after 6 hours of tailgating.

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Thu May 17, 2018 9:52 am

Redbirdwarrior wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Ugh. That SXU game is still on there...

I'll be at Maggie's till about 5:45 then wobble the 20 min to Hancock.

That's exactly what we would expect from a Redbird Warrior! Be sure to try the sheppard's pie sometime's awesome.

I love the night games, especially earlier in the year when it's not too cold.

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Thu May 17, 2018 1:05 pm

agree noon is bit too early for couple reasons .. earliest game times should be 1 or 2pm .. certainly 1pm is needed for late season due to sun setting.
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Thu May 17, 2018 2:12 pm

I'm liking the schedule. I think we have to give credit where due. All the other state FCS programs only have 5 home dates - we have 6. In addition to season tickets I've been trying to do one road trip every year. This year I'm thinking Fargo/NDSU. I've never been there and I'm not getting any younger so it's time to pull the trigger on that one.

Even Northern only has 5 home games for their 12 game schedule and they have the day/night thing reversed from a fan-friendly perspective. They'll play the final two home games in November on Wednesdays so those will be night games. That only leaves them with 3 possible day games and two of those dates are in September when the day games can get too hot. They also open at Iowa.
We tried that and I was there. It was a broiling hot summer day in Iowa City and they were literally carrying people out due to the heat. The first half of September football is meant to be played at night and November football is meant to be played during the day. We have it right, NIU has it wrong.

As far as the noon starts go maybe you could consider doing the bulk of your tailgating after the game. I don't tailgate much but if I did I'd consider sleeping in and arriving just in time to do a mini-tailgate of coffee, bagels, granola bars before the game and you can save the heavyweight beef/brats/beer for postgame. I've been to some Big 10 venues (like Iowa City) and the serious tailgaters aren't in a hurry to go anywhere after the game.
And of course there's always the Super-Serious tailgaters. I'm guessing these are retired folks with 30-foot Winnebago's or other RV's. They arrive on Thursday and leave on Sunday but not to worry. They have enough food/drink onboard to travel the Oregon Trail and back. :D
Maybe that's what my retirement needs to look like.

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Fri May 18, 2018 8:21 am

A Wednesday night game in November. Sounds like what college football should be about... MACACTION!!!

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