Athletics announces 2014 football schedule, moves team, students to east side of field

​Central Michigan University, in conjunction with the Mid-American Conference, has announced its 2014 football schedule with six home games.

Following the Thursday, Aug. 28, season opener against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, each of CMU's remaining 11 games will be played on a Saturday.

CMU will host Syracuse Sept. 13 and conclude the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, at home with its rivalry against Western Michigan University. CMU is 16-3-1 all-time against WMU at Kelly/Shorts Stadium and has won 13 of the last 15 at home.

Homecoming and other special events will be announced in the coming weeks; kickoff times and television appearances will be released as they are finalized.

CMU athletics also announced last week that it is moving the home bench and student section back to the east side of Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

"Improving the game day atmosphere for our fans and student-athletes is a top priority," CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "The time is right to return our team and students to their original spot on the east side of the stadium, improving the in-person and televised experience."

Students will have improv​ed sightlines and better access to restrooms and concessions. The new student section will run the entire east sideline, with the Marching Chippewas remaining centrally placed in section U. CMU students receive free admission to all home football games.

The move returns to a tradition from the first 30-plus years of Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

"Our students provide great energy to the stadium and having them directly behind our team will supply tremendous support to the team," CMU Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Tony Voisin said. "Attending a home football game is one of the great experiences for CMU students. This move marks the return of an important tradition."

 "This will create a stronger bond between our students and football team because of the vocal, dedicated support students provide during games," CMU head football coach Dan Enos said.

Central Michigan University 2014 Chippewa Football Schedule

  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Chattanooga
  • Saturday, Sept. 6 – at Purdue
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 – Syracuse
  • Saturday, Sept. 20 – at Kansas
  • Saturday, Sept. 27 – at Toledo*
  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Ohio*
  • Saturday, Oct. 11 – at Northern Illinois*
  • Saturday, Oct. 18 – Ball State*
  • Saturday, Oct. 25 – at Buffalo*
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 – at Eastern Michigan*
  • Saturday, Nov. 15 – Miami*
  • Saturday, Nov. 22 – Western Michigan*
  • Friday, Dec. 5 – Marathon MAC Championship Game

Home games in bold

* Mid-American Conference games

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