Hawkeyes Will Open Season With Night Game At Kinnick
The Iowa Hawkeyes will kick-off their 2019 football season under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.
An evening start time for the opening game has been announced by the Big Ten Conference and its broadcast partners: BTN, ESPN and Fox television networks. The Hawkeyes will host Miami of Ohio at 6:30 PM (CT) on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game will air nationally on FS1.
Start times for seven Iowa contests were announced Thursday, including three of the seven home games.
The Hawkeyes open Big Ten play against Rutgers at home the following weekend. The 11 AM (CT) game on Sept. 7 will also air on FS1. Additionally, the network will broadcast the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game at Iowa State on Sept. 14 at 3 PM (CT).
Iowa has an open date on Sept. 21. The Hawkeyes' final non-conference contest against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 28 will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU, at a time yet to be determined.
The annual Homecoming game is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 11 AM (CT) against Purdue. Fans are encouraged to wear throwback gear and celebrate the history of Hawkeye football and welcome alumni back to campus.
The Hawkeyes will be the Homecoming opponent at Michigan (Oct. 5) and at Northwestern (Oct. 26), with both games starting at 11 AM (CT). Iowa's regular season finale at Nebraska on Nov. 29 is the annual Heroes Games, which will kick off at 1:30 PM (CT) on BTN.
Kickoff times for remaining games will be announced no later than 12 days prior to the game, per the media rights agreements between the Big Ten Conference and its television partners.
Iowa athletic officials have designed the Aug. 31 opener as the Kinnick Edge Kickoff game. It will feature the opening of the new north end zone at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa will unveil a new videoboard and amenities that include additional restrooms, wider concourses, and new concessions.
FryFest is also part of opening weekend. Slated for Friday, Aug. 30, FryFest is held at the Iowa River Landing and celebrates everything Hawkeye. The National Iowa Varsity Club will celebrate the 2019 Hall of Fame class throughout the weekend, and Aug. 31 is also the annual Extra Yard for Teachers Day as Iowa salutes teachers from around the state.
Iowa’s Big Ten opener against Rutgers on Sept. 7 is the Fight for Iowa game. Halftime will feature a return visit by country artist Pat Green to celebrate the Hawkeye Wave. Green and the Hawkeye Marching Band will present a show recognizing those in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Fans are encouraged to wear Fight for Iowa gear.
The Middle Tennessee State game (Sept. 28) is the Harvest Kickoff Gold Game, designed to bring awareness to farm safety. Halftime will feature a youth spirit performance with the Hawkeye Marching Band and spirit squads. Fans are encouraged to wear gold.
Iowa’s 2019 football schedule (all listed times are CT):
Aug. 31: Miami of Ohio, 6:30 PM - FS1 (Kinnick Edge Kickoff Game)
Sept. 7: Rutgers, 11 AM - FS1 (Fight for Iowa Game)
Sept. 14: at Iowa State, 3 PM, FS1 (Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series)
Sept. 28: Middle Tennessee State, TBA (Family Weekend / Harvest Kickoff Gold Game)
Oct. 5: at Michigan, 11 AM
Oct. 12: Penn State, TBA (ANF Black & Gold Spirit Game)
Oct. 19: Purdue 11 AM (Homecoming Game)
Oct. 26: at Northwestern, 11 AM
Nov. 9: at Wisconsin, TBA
Nov. 16: Minnesota, TBA (Military Appreciation Game)
Nov. 23: Illinois, TBA (Senior Day)
Nov. 29: at Nebraska, 1:30 PM - BTN (Hy-Vee Heroes Game)