Kansas University's 1996 football season-opener against Ball State has been moved up, from Saturday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Aug. 29.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
"Since our home opener was scheduled for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, we surveyed a random sampling of public, student and faculty season-ticket holders in the area and out of state and the majority favored a Thursday night game over Saturday afternoon," KU athletic director Bob Frederick said. "We're moving this game to Thursday night to avoid the Labor Day weekend conflicts."
Last season, KU played host to Cincinnati on the Saturday of the Labor Day weekend and drew just 26,500 fans.
KU's slate also includes home games with Texas Tech (Oct. 12), Colorado (Oct. 19), Kansas State (Nov. 9) and Texas (Nov. 16). Kansas, which doesn't have a home game in September, will travel to Texas Christian (Sept. 14), Utah (Sept. 28), Oklahoma (Oct. 5), Nebraska (Oct. 26), Iowa State (Nov. 2) and Missouri (Nov. 23).
Frederick also announced several changes in the season-ticket and single-game ticket policy.
- Only season-ticket holders may purchase single-game tickets prior to Aug. 15.
- Season-ticket holders may purchase an unlimited number of single-game tickets to any game except Kansas State. Reserved single-game tickets for all home games, except, K-State, are priced at $22.
- Season-ticket holders may buy KSU tickets for $28, but are limited to the same number of season tickets they have purchased.
- After Aug. 15, non-season-ticket holders may purchase single-game tickets for the KSU game -- priced at $28 -- only with the additional purchase of the same number of single-game reserved tickets to another home game.
- If the KSU game is not sold out by Nov. 4, individual tickets will be sold for $35.
"When our team runs out of the locker room Nov. 9," Frederick said, "we want Memorial Stadium to be full of Jayhawks."