May 18, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Two years ago it was a blackout. This time, Rutgers will go for stripes.
In anticipation of Michigan’s return to High Point Solutions Stadium in 2016, Rutgers announced Wednesday that the Oct. 8 matchup with include fans wearing a pattern of scarlet and black stripes across the 52,454-seat stadium.
The promotion has been dubbed: #StripeTheBirthplace.
Rutgers calls itself “The Birthplace of College Football” for having hosted the first-ever intercollegiate football game on Nov. 6, 1869. On that day, Rutgers defeated visited Princeton, 6-4.
Now, 147 years later, the Scarlet Knights will host Michigan under the lights in Piscataway, N.J., for the second time since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
In the last meeting — with Rutgers wearing black jerseys for the seventh time in program history and the entire crowd outfitted in black — the Scarlet Knights knocked off Michigan, 26-24. A wild victory ended with Rutgers students storming the field and ripping down the goalposts.
This year’s matchup will kickoff at 7 or 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 and be broadcast live nationally on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
Rutgers is requesting fans seated in odd-numbered sections of High Point Solutions Stadium to wear black and fans seated in even sections to wear scarlet.
A website — StripeTheBirthplace.com — has been established to help fans wear the correct color.
Rutgers is coming off a 4-8 season in 2015 and is entering its first season under first-year head coach Chris Ash.
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