SLU season opener versus Jacksonville State moved to Aug. 29

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HAMMOND, La. – Officials from Southeastern Louisiana and Jacksonville State have move agreed to move the 2019 football season opener up to Thursday, Aug. 29.

Kickoff between the Lions and the visiting Gamecocks will be at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. It will mark the second straight season Southeastern has opened the season on Thursday, as SLU opened with a Thursday contest at ULM a season ago.

The Lions have opened the season on Thursday on eight occasions since the program returned from an 18-year hiatus prior to the 2003 season. Southeastern is 8-2 in Thursday home games during that time frame.

Southeastern will be meeting its former Gulf South Conference opponent for the first time since the 1978 season. The Lions are 4-6-1 versus the Gamecocks. The Aug. 29 meeting will be the first of two, as SLU will return the trip to JSU on Sept. 19, 2020.

The Lions’ home schedule also includes visits from Southland Conference foes Lamar (Sept. 21), UIW (Oct. 12 – Homecoming), Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 2) and Nicholls (Nov. 21). SLU will visit Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 7), Ole Miss (Sept. 14), Northwestern State (Sept. 28), McNeese (Oct. 5), Houston Baptist (Oct. 26), Central Arkansas (Nov. 9) and Abilene Christian (Nov. 16).

Southeastern will report to campus on July 30 and open fall practice on July 31.

For season ticket information, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit

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Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the football program are encouraged to join the Touchdown Club. Lion football alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Touchdown Club and S Club (football) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern football program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at or (985) 549-5091 or visiting

Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit

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