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Illinois State changes date of 2012 opener

Normal, IL (Sports Network) - The Illinois State football team's 2012 season opener against Dayton has been changed from Thursday, Aug. 30 to Saturday, Sept. 1 due to the construction on the new renovations to Hancock Stadium,

Kickoff will be 2 p.m. ET.

The game was changed from a Thursday night opener because construction at Hancock Stadium will affect the stadium's lighting for night games.

The Redbirds, who finished 7-4 this past season, also will play home games against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 15), Southern Illinois on Homecoming (Oct. 6), Youngstown State (Oct. 13), Missouri State (Oct. 20) and 2011 FCS national champion North Dakota State (Nov. 17).

01/27 12:32:41 ET