NEW YORK—Columbia will host Princeton in a nationally televised football game on ESPNU, the Ivy League announced as part of its 2018 football broadcast package Thursday afternoon. Kickoff for the Columbia-Princeton game has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 28 at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.
Columbia’s finalized 2018 football schedule, kickoff times and additional regional television appearances will be released at a later date. Columbia’s football schedule (as of May 31) is listed at this link.
The Columbia-Princeton game was announced as part of the Ivy League’s new national television agreement with ESPN, which was released on April 4. In the Ivy League’s 10-year agreement, ESPN will broadcast six conference football games and at least 24 regular season and postseason events including select football, basketball, and Olympic sports on an ESPN linear network each year. As part of the agreement, all five home Columbia Football games and all seven Ivy League contests in 2018 will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network on ESPN+. In addition, the Ivy League Network on ESPN+ will air over 1,100 Ivy League sporting events on an annual basis.
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The last time Columbia played on a Friday night was on Oct. 28, 2016, against Yale.
Year four of the Al Bagnoli Era of Columbia Football will feature five home games at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium (corner of 218th Street and Broadway Avenue in New York City): Ivy League opener vs. Princeton (Friday, Sept. 28), Marist (Saturday, Oct. 6), Homecoming vs. Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 20), vs. Yale (Saturday, Oct. 27) and Empire State Bowl Game/Columbia Football Players Club Senior Day vs. Cornell (Saturday, Nov. 17). In addition, Columbia will play five road games in 2018 including its season opener at Central Connecticut State (Saturday, Sept. 15), the fourth annual Lou Little Cup game at Georgetown (Saturday, Sept. 22) and Ivy League matchups at Penn (Saturday, Oct. 13), at Harvard (Saturday, Nov. 3) and at Brown (Saturday, Nov. 10).
Columbia returns six All-Ivy League players, 15 of 22 starters (eight on offense and seven on defense) and 58 total lettermen from a team that completed its most successful season in 21 years. The 2017 Lions posted an 8-2 record and finished second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record for their winningest season since 1996. In addition, Columbia began a season with six straight wins for the first time since 1996, completed the school’s longest win streak since 1935 (seven games) and posted one of the nation’s top-five best yearly comebacks in the FCS with a with a five-win improvement from 2016 to 2017.
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📺@ColumbiaLionsFB to host Princeton on @ESPNU on Friday, Sept. 28 (7 p.m.) as part of the @IvyLeague national television package! 🦁vs. 🐯contest will serve as @ColumbiaLionsFB's Ivy League opener!— Columbia Football (@ColumbiaLionsFB) May 31, 2018
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