The Youngstown State University football team and several high school games on Thursday mark the opening day for football in the Mahoning Valley.
YSU will take on in-state rival Dayton at Stambaugh Stadium. Crews earlier in the day worked to ready the field.
“When the lights go on it is all about the student athletes and having them have a good experience,” said YSU Sports Information Director Trevor Parks. “That is why we hope to have a good crowd out here to support them because they put in a lot of the effort.”
Those who are unable to make it to Stambaugh Stadium will be able to watch the game live at 7:30 p.m. on MyYTV in high definition for the first time.
A Thursday kick off may seem strange to some, but it was something YSU has done before and something they’d like to see again.
“How the schedule fell this year with Michigan State being our third game, we looked at it, it was a good chance to start this Thursday night tradition again,” Parks said.
Some think the Penguins and Flyers tilt is the biggest in the area, but people in Campbell and Struthers would likely argue otherwise.
“I do not even know where the rivalry started but it has always been exciting and overwhelming,” said Struthers Athletic Director Nancy Knight.
The two schools will play for the Steel Helmet Trophy and bragging rights on Thursday.
“The fact that we share borders definitely is a part of the reason,” Knight said. “The residents have always had a rivalry as well.”