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2016 Home Football Games In The Indianapolis Area
With summer coming to a close, Northside residents are starting to look forward to football, the fall’s most popular sport. There are many different local colleges, universities and organizations that participate in football at different levels. For 2016, each one has an exciting home schedule, guaranteed to draw interest from all of Greater Indianapolis.
The Colts preseason began on August 13th, but they have a total of two preseason games and eight regular season games at Lucas Oil Stadium. The first Colts regular season game is against the Lions on Sunday, September 11th. Following the opener, the Colts host the Chargers, the Bears, the Chiefs, the Titans, the Steelers and the Texans during the regular season. The last regular season home game is on New Year’s Day against the Jaguars. The Colts are expected to qualify for The NFL Playoffs. It is likely that they will host at least one postseason game at Lucas Oil Fieldhouse.
University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis participates in Division II for football. Their first home game for 2016 is against Marian University on September 10th at 6:00pm. They have additional home games against McKendree, Lincoln, William Jewell and St. Joseph’s. Their games against William Jewell and St. Joseph’s are a part of the Division II Showcase. These two games will be shown live on ESPN3. All of the University of Indianapolis’ home games are held at Key Stadium, which is on the east side of campus.
Butler is a member of the Pioneer Football League, which participates in FCS, the second-highest level in college football. Compared to all other colleges and universities located in Indianapolis, Butler competes at the highest level. The Bulldogs open up home play against Franklin University on September 10th. After Franklin, they have home games against San Diego, Marist and Dayton. Their last regular season game is against Morehead State on November 5th. All of Butler’s games are held at the Butler Bowl, which is located right next to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Ball State University
Northside residents wanting to see some FBS Football have a few choices, but Ball State University is easily the closest option. Ball State is about 50 minutes from Fishers. The Cardinals’ first home game is against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, September 17th, at 3:00pm. The team has home games against Northern Illinois, Akron, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. The last two games against Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan will be on November 1st and November 8th, respectively, and they will both be on TV.