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Portland State Releases 2010 Schedule
Vikings Move To Hillsboro Stadium For One Season
The Portland State athletics program released its football schedule for the coming season as the Vikings make major transitions in 2010.
The most obvious transition is the new direction under first-year Head Coach Nigel Burton, hired last Dec. 8. The Vikings will have new offensive (The (Pistol) and defensive systems (4-3), and they will employ them in a different venue - Hillsboro Stadium - as Burton leads the Vikings in a bounce-back season from their poorest showing in 27 years (2-9 in 2009 under previous coach Jerry Glanville).
The move to Hillsboro for the 2010 season is necessitated by the impending construction at downtown PGE Park next fall. The Vikings’ home field for nearly 45 years, PGE Park will receive a facelift in preparation for the arrival of the MLS and the new Portland franchise in 2011. PSU football will benefit greatly from PGE Park’s remodel but will be temporarily displaced in 2010.
Nigel Burton will have his hands full of challenges in 2010 as the Viking schedule includes a date with a team that competed for the NCAA FCS national championship (Montana), two other FCS playoff teams (Weber State, Eastern Washington), and two members of the Pac-10, including one that played in the Rose Bowl (Oregon).
The result of the move to Hillsboro will be a four-game home schedule for the Vikings with seven road games.
Portland State will play its first three games - all non-conference - on the road. The Vikings open at Arizona State on Sept. 4 in a 7 p.m. game. The Sun Devils were 4-8 in 2009, including 2-7 in the Pac-10. They defeated Big Sky opponent Idaho State to open the season, and in addition to PSU will play Northern Arizona of the Big Sky in 2010. The Vikings and the Sun Devils have never met in football.
The Vikings play at UC Davis on Sept. 11, looking to avenge a 34-31 loss to the Aggies in PGE Park in 2009. UC Davis, a member of the Great West Football Conference, was 6-5 last season.
PSU makes the short trip to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks on Sept. 18. PSU is 0-3 all-time against Oregon, with its most recent meeting a 55-12 loss in 2006.
Following a bye week on Sept. 25, the 2010 Big Sky Conference schedule opens on Oct. 2 with the Vikings hosting Idaho State at Hillsboro Stadium.
The eight conference games will alternate home and away for eight consecutive weeks. PSU will host Idaho State (1-10, 1-7 in 2009) on Oct. 2, Big Sky Champion Montana (14-1, 8-0) on Oct. 16, Eastern Washington (8-4, 6-2) on Oct. 30 and Northern Colorado (3-8, 1-7) on Nov. 13. Game times have yet to be determined.
The Vikings are on the road at Montana State (7-4, 5-3) on Oct. 9, at Weber State (7-5, 6-2) on Oct. 23, and Sacramento State (5-6, 4-4) on Nov. 6 and at Northern Arizona (5-6, 4-4) on Nov. 20.
The NCAA FCS playoffs being on Nov. 27.
Portland State has played football at Hillsboro Stadium before. Exactly 10 seasons ago, the Vikings played at Hillsboro as Portland Family Entertainment refurbished PGE Park to its current state. The Vikings went 8-4 in 2000, spending eight weeks ranked in the nation’s top 10. PSU was 4-2 in home games at Hillsboro Stadium. PSU tied for second in the Big Sky Conference and earned its first - and only - NCAA FCS post-season berth.
In its current configuration, Hillsboro Stadium seats 7,000 fans. A new Field Turf surface is currently being installed for the 2010 season - the same surface PSU practices on at Stott Community Field, and plays on at PGE Park.
Portland State is looking into adding club seating, a game-day event garden and other amenities with the intention of increasing seating capacity to 8,000.
Hillsboro Stadium is located at the Cornelius Pass exit on Highway 26, 12 miles west of the Portland State University campus. Ample parking, which includes some 1,600 parking spaces, as well as public transit, will be available.
Portland State will play its annual Spring Game on Saturday, May 8 at a site and time yet to be determined. Spring football practice will being on April 5.
2010 VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 4, @ Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11, @ UC Davis, TBA
Sept. 18, @ Oregon, TBA
Sept. 25, Open
Oct. 2, IDAHO STATE*, TBA
Oct. 9, @ Montana State*, 12:35 p.m. PT
Oct. 16, MONTANA*, TBA
Oct. 23, @ Weber State*, TBA
Oct. 30, EASTERN WASHINGTON*, TBA
Nov. 6, @ Sacramento State*, TBA
Nov. 13, NORTHERN COLORADO*, TBA
Nov. 20, @ Northern Arizona*, TBA
* Big Sky Conference game
By Portland State University Media Relations