Homecoming game on a Thursday?!

Stephanie Matzelle

This year’s homecoming football game is scheduled to kick-off on a Thursday rather than the traditional Saturday.

There have only been five Thursday home games in Georgia Southern history according to assistant athletics director for athletics communications, Bryan Johnson. But never has a homecoming game taken place on such a weekday evening.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, but was moved to Thursday for more national television exposure.

“We consider it an honor because ESPN reached out and wants to put us on national television, so when they said they want to move it to a Thursday, Sun Belt notified us and Lafayette that the game was going to be moved from the 12 to the 10, and that’s what it is,” Bryan Johnson said.

Homecoming festivities are pushed back as well. The homecoming parade will be on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at Sweetheart circle instead of the traditional week-long celebration ending with a Friday parade. Students are not too happy about this change.

“As a homecoming royalty candidate, the date change is definitely an inconvenience. Having it in the middle of the week overwhelms the candidates who have already been running around and now have to squeeze the homecoming game into their busy week. A Saturday game allows for more time to focus during the week and then have fun and enjoy the game during the weekend,” Auburn Bell, senior political science and Spanish major, said.

GS has one of the greatest fan bases around. Even though it’s during the week, make sure to come out to Paulson Stadium and support your Eagles as they face Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.