Holy Cross Football To Play First-Ever Home Night Game

WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross football team will play the first-ever night game at Fitton Field, when it takes on Massachusetts in the 2011 season opener on Thursday, Sept. 1. The contest between the Minutemen and the Crusaders will be the 558th game in the history of Fitton Field, and will be the first to take place at night. Musco Lighting will provide the illumination for the field.

"Holy Cross has been playing football for 115 years, so the first night game at Fitton Field will be an historic event," said Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. "It will be great to have the game take place against one of our long-time New England rivals in UMass. We will face several challenges, because the areas underneath the stands and the parking lots will need to be lit, in addition to the field. But we feel that this will be a worthwhile venture for our student-athletes, alumni and fans."

Holy Cross has played a number of road night games in recent years, including contests at Harvard and Massachusetts last season. The Crusaders' first-ever known night game was played on Oct. 5, 1940, when Holy Cross traveled to Louisiana State.

The Crusaders are currently taking part in spring practice, and will play their annual spring game on Saturday, April 16.