EKU Football season opener moved to Thursday

EKU’s home opener vs. Western Carolina was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, the same day as the 2020 Kentucky Derby


RICHMOND, Ky. (EKU Athletics) – Eastern Kentucky University’s season-opening football game at home against Western Carolina University has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.


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The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, the same day as the 2020 Kentucky Derby – the 146th Run for the Roses.


This will mark the third straight season, and the fifth time in the last eight, Eastern has opened its campaign at home on a Thursday night.


Season tickets are now available starting at $40.  For questions or to purchase, call Raymond White at (859) 622-3890 or the EKUSports ticket office at 844-3-GOBIGE.


The Colonels and Western Carolina have met five times with EKU holding a 3-2 edge in the series.  The first meeting was in 1988.  The most recent match-up came in 2009 when the Catamounts beat EKU, 24-7, at Roy Kidd Stadium.


Eastern Kentucky will play at West Virginia the second week of the season, on Sept. 12.


EKU’s other four home games are against the Tennessee-Martin on Oct. 3 (7 p.m.), Eastern Illinois on Oct. 17(Homecoming, 3 p.m.), Murray State on Nov. 7 (3 p.m.) and Tennessee State on Nov. 21 (TBA).


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