MONROE, La. – The game which produced the largest on-campus collegiate football crowd in north Louisiana history will feature a second and third installment over the next three years. ULM will host Grambling State on Sept. 10, 2011, and Sept. 7, 2013, in Malone Stadium, ULM Director of Athletics Bobby Staub announced Friday afternoon in a press conference at the Monroe Convention Center.
“We’re excited about our two-game series with Grambling State University,” Staub said. “Our 2007 contest was an overwhelming success and provided an electric atmosphere for fans of both schools as well our student-athletes.”
The first meeting between the two schools drew 30,101 fans to ULM’s Malone Stadium on Nov. 20, 2007. The game established a new precedent for Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Louisiana as ULM became the first such institution to play Grambling in football – the Warhawks defeated the Tigers 28-14.
“For our football team and our fan base, this is a wonderful opportunity to renew a series that is significant due to the proximity of the two schools,” ULM head coach Todd Berry said. “A lot of our players know guys on their team which always makes the game more interesting. The first time ULM and Grambling played the game had a great atmosphere and we are excited to bring that kind of environment back to Malone Stadium.”
Three of ULM’s four non-conference games for the upcoming season are now in place. The Warhawks open the season at Florida State on Sept. 3 and travel to Iowa on Sept. 24.