Mansfield Celebrates 127th Anniversary of Being the Birthplace of Night Football
MANSFIELD, PA (WENY) - 127 years ago back on September 28th, 1892, the first ever night football game was played right here in the Twin Tiers in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The game was held at Smythe Park in downtown Mansfield, where Mansfield squared off with Wyoming Seminary.
This year is also the 150th anniversary of college football, and Mansfield being the birthplace of night football received national recognition and was placed in college football's top 150 all-time moments in its' history.
For the 7th straight year, Mansfield University celebrated LUMA (Light Up Mansfield Again), where they do a ceremonial switch of the lights, followed by a new reenactment of the first night football game in 1892, then MU's Sprint Football team takes the field for the annual LUMA Game.
WENY's Ryan Campbell had the pleasure of sitting down with Mansfield University's Sports Information Director, Ryan McNamara, to learn more about the great piece of history makes its' way back to Mansfield each year, and what the University is doing now to celebrate.