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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - For the first time in the history of the program, the Iowa Hawkeye football team will play two night home games.

The Big Ten Network announced today that the September 19 game against Pittsburgh and the November 14 game against Minnesota will be played under the portable lights of Kinnick Stadium and broadcast live on prime time television. Exact start times have not been announced.

“We're excited about the night game selections. We know our fans enjoy the special electricity that fills Kinnick Stadium when we're playing under the lights,” UI Atheltic Director Gary Barta said in a written statement. “We're also appreciative of BTN's interest in our football program and the support we received from our partners on the UI campus and in the community when agreeing to two opportunities for our student-athletes to compete in what is a special environment,” Barta added.

Iowa's last home game at night was against Penn State in October of 2012. Iowa has hosted 10 evening games, five of those started after 7 p.m.

Iowa is 6-4 in those 10 night games. They beat Northwestern in 2011, Penn State in 2010, Michigan in 2009, Syracuse in 2007, Arizona State in 2003 and Northern Illinois in 1999. The losses in night games came against Penn State in 2012, Ohio State in 2006, Iowa State in 2002 and Miami, Florida in 1992.

Iowa opens the 2015 season against Illinois State on Saturday, September 5.

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