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Blackout: The most anticipated game of the season

A few years ago, the Huskie football team had an average attendance of about 2,000 fans per game. Huskies Head Coach Brian Towriss got together with some alumni and developed a plan to increase the number of fans at the games.

The Blackout game goes Friday at 7 when the Huskies host the Bisons (Photo: Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

With the best CIS game day experience–an experience that surpasses what you will see in the CFL and most NFL stadiums–the fans have responded. The Huskies averaged 6,101 fans in 2011 and are averaging 7,057 fans per game in 2012. The stadium in 2011 had 4,997 seats and in 2012 has 6,171 seats, meaning most games were played in front of a standing room only crowd.

In the past three years, the most anticipated game of the season has become the Blackout game which will be played this Friday night under the lights (and the darkness) of Griffiths Stadium. The Huskies host the Manitoba Bisons with kick-off starting at 7. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at 6:45 to experience the blackout.

If you haven’t been to a blackout game, this is a game you will not want to miss. The Huskies get introduced to a huge fireworks show in a dark stadium. Fans are given glo-sticks so there are green lights everywhere. The half-time show is one of the annual hi-light events in Saskatoon.

David Dube, Heather Ryan and the Concorde Group are big sponsors of this game, so you know that things will be elevated.

Tickets can be made online, by calling 966-1111 or by visiting the PAC ticket booth all week. The stadium box office is open Wednesday to Friday from 8am to 6pm as well.

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