Mansfield's First Night Football Game Since 1892 to be Broadcast Nationally by SPORTSfever
121-years after hosting the world's first night football game, the world will have a chance to see history repeated when Mansfield turns on the lights for the first time since 1892 on Sept. 14, 2013.
Mansfield University and SPORTSfever have announced an agreement to broadcast Mansfield's season-opening game with Princeton University. The game, which will be available nationwide via satellite, will be carried by numerous local, regional and national outlets as well as in designated TV market areas in Pennsylvania and throughout New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, New York and Ohio.
"We're pleased to invite the world to Mansfield on Sept. 14 for this historic event," said Mansfield University President General Fran Hendricks '79. "Through our partnership with SPORTSfever, millions of fans around the country and world will have the opportunity to experience what makes Mansfield University such a special place."
Mansfield, which is recognized as hosting the world's first night football game against Wyoming Seminary on Sept. 28, 1892, is currently in process of installing artificial turf and lights at Karl Van Norman Field. The renovations to Van Norman Field are scheduled to be completed in mid-August.
The game features two ground-breaking programs in collegiate football. Mansfield, which has fielded a football program since 1891 and is the inventor of night football, against Princeton, which played in the first collegiate football game ever against Rutgers in 1869.
"This game will be one of the most historic events in collegiate athletics this year," said General Hendricks. "Princeton, which played the first football game in America, will face Mansfield, which in 1892 hosted the world's first night football game. After a 121-year absence, night football returns to Mansfield and history will be made again."
SPORTSfever Television Network is an independent, sports television production and distribution company based in Pennsylvania. It has produced and distributed more than 60 college football games since 2007.
"SPORTSfever TV and its national and regional broadcast network partners are elated to play a role in this important celebration of football history at Mansfield University", said SPORTSfever President Gorden Blain. "STN is looking forward to the challenge of broadcasting the ceremonies and football game to viewers throughout the United States."
Mansfield and Princeton are members of the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) along with Army, Navy, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Pierce University and Post University. Sprint football is a varsity collegiate sport that limits player's weight to 172 pounds.