Clemson vs. NC State Moved to Thursday Night

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Clemson, SC-The Clemson at NC State football game originally
scheduled for October 18, 2003 in Raleigh has been moved to Thursday
evening, October 16th. The game was moved to accommodate ESPN, who
will televise the game nationally. Kickoff is slated for 7:45 PM at
Carter Finley Stadium. The announcement was made by both schools
on Thursday.

As a result of the schedule move, Clemson athletic director
Terry Don Phillips was assured by ESPN that Clemson would have a
maximum of one home night game in 2003. ESPN is the only one of the
ACC's television partners that televises games at night. Also, fans
traveling to the game in Raleigh will not have to face weekend North
Carolina State Fair traffic. The State Fairgrounds are across the
street from Carter-Finley Stadium.

Thus, six of Clemson's seven home games this year will kickoff prior
to 6:00 PM. The Georgia game on August 30 will have a 12:00 noon
start and will be televised by ABC. That game will be shown to 50
percent of the nation as ABC will show just two games in that time
slot that day. The Furman game on September 6 and the Middle
Tennessee game on September 13 will have a 5:00 PM start.


What do you think about moving the NCSU game to Thursday night?


Doesn't matter...I'd be there any day, any time

Not my favorite but works for me

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This will be the third time in the last five years that Clemson and
NC State have faced each other in a night game televised by ESPN. In
1999, the two teams played a Saturday evening game in Raleigh that
was televised by the network. The two teams played a Thursday
evening game at Clemson in 2002 that was shown by ESPN. NC State
won last year's game at Clemson, but the Tigers won the last time the
two teams met in Raleigh (2001).

Clemson was shown on ESPN eight times a year ago. Heading into this
season, 39 of the 49 games since Tommy Bowden has been the Clemson
head coach have been televised.

Clemson Football Schedule for 2003
Date	        Opponent	Time
Aug.    30	GEORGIA 	12:00 Noon	ABC
Sept.    6	FURMAN    	5:00 PM
Sept.   13	MID TENNESSEE	5:00 PM
Sept.   20	at Georgia Tech	TBA
Oct.     4	at Maryland	TBA
Oct.    16	#at NC State	7:45  PM	ESPN
Nov.     1	at Wake Forest	TBA
Nov.    15	DUKE	TBA
Nov.    22	at S Carolina	TBA
#Note game is on a Thursday evening

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