Football game vs. Michigan rescheduled to Friday

The Big Ten Conference today announced the Michigan at Minnesota football game, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 11 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis has been moved to Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. CDT, due to a potential facility conflict with the American League Championship Series. This change to the 2003 Big Ten football schedule was recommended by the conference office and unanimously approved by the Big Ten Administrators Council.

The University of Minnesota will be financially responsible for all additional travel, hotel, administrative and other direct costs incurred by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University due to the rescheduling. In addition, Michigan and Michigan State fans unable to attend the games due to these changes may seek reimbursement for a documented, direct financial loss associated with unused game tickets, non-refundable travel and non-refundable hotel expenses. Fans seeking access to the reimbursement pool should contact their respective institution's ticket office and present appropriate documentation.

"The Conference and the Administrators Council regret having to reschedule football games to a Friday night," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. "The Big Ten continues to support the protection of Friday night as a traditional high school football playing date. We also understand the negative effect that this change will have on our teams, their travel parties and fans. This result was considered to be the most feasible of several unattractive alternatives."

The Administrators Council further agreed to review the schedules and related policy for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 football seasons should the Metrodome not be available for use on dates previously approved for the playing of University of Minnesota home football games.

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