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Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker

Head coach Jimbo Fisher and then-12th Man Cullen Gillaspia led the team onto the field during the Aggies’ 2018 season opener on Thursday, Aug. 30. 

The Texas A&M football team will kick off its 2019 season against Texas State on Thursday, August 29, marking the second year in a row that the Aggies’ home opener will not be held on a Saturday.
University President Michael K. Young announced the date of the game in a campus-wide email Wednesday afternoon, saying another nationally televised Thursday football game would help put the Aggies in the spotlight at the beginning of their season. Like last year’s Thursday opener, the game is set to be broadcast on SEC Network.
“We have agreed to this Thursday game as, similar to last year, this opportunity allows us to highlight our university and wonderful student athletes for a national audience,” Young said in his email.
Classes will be held as usual, and Young said the university will take action to ensure that normal class and research activities continue.
“Many of these actions were taken last year, while others have been added or modified based on knowledge gained from last year’s game,” Young said.
According to Young’s email, all academic facilities will remain accessible according to their normal schedules, and “more flexible and accommodating” parking privileges will be provided for faculty and essential staff.
Information relevant to students, faculty and staff is available at the Football Thursday website, and Young said additional updates will be provided closer to game day.
“Jerry Strawser, Executive Vice President and CFO, will once again convene a task force including all campus constituent groups to provide further recommendations as needed,” Young said.

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