The recently announced 2013 Brown football schedule includes home night games against both URI and Princeton. The last time Bruno played at night on its own turf twice in one season was, well, never. Though the belief that attendance is inherently higher at night games (see: 2012 Homecoming vs. Harvard) may be a case of mistaking correlation for causation, the move is nonetheless noteworthy. In other scheduling news, the Bears will also play at Harvard in a night game, and will play Bryant University for the first time in school history. So, uh, only five months until the season kicks off. We know you’ll be counting down with us.
The Bears’ schedule was released today and, after the success of last fall’s triumph over Harvard under the lights, Bruno will host its second ever night game in 2011. While the opponent will sadly not be the pompous Crimson from the north–or any other Ivy League foe, for that matter–the stakes will still be high. The visitors will be the Rams of URI, and the winner gets to host some silverware–the Governor’s Cup–and prove who really is the best team in the smallest state in the union. Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM on October 1st, so clear your calendars now and prepare to get rowdy.
Last fall against Harvard, the evening setting provided one of the more memorable moments for both the team and fans–all 17,350 that nearly filled Brown Stadium to capacity. So get stoked, Brunonians. Fall semester may be months away, but it’s never too early to start putting on the facepaint.