Last December, the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines jointly announced that the schools had agreed to open up 2017 season against each other at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX in what will be named the 2017 Cowboys Classic.
Additional details on the Sept. 2, 2017 game, Florida’s first non-conference regular season contest outside the state since 1991, were released Friday via a public records request made by the Palm Beach Post‘s Phillip Heilman, among others.
Previously known details:
– Each team receives $6 million for participating in the game.
– Each school is allotted 25,000 tickets to divvy up amongst its fans.
– Florida is the home team and will wear dark jerseys; Michigan is the away team and will wear light jerseys.
– Officials from the Big 12 have been hired to officiate the game.
– ESPN has signed on as a production partner for the game but a broadcast partner (ESPN or CBS) appears to not yet be designated. Whichever network is chosen will have the exclusive rights to sign a title sponsor for the game.
– ESPN can cancel the game if the Gators are slapped with serious NCAA violations but will be forced to find Florida an FBS opponent to play a game the same day at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (The same likely goes for the Wolverines.)
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