(Editor’s note: University of Montana media release)
MISSOULA — The annual Griz Spring Game presented by Northwestern Mutual comes home to Washington-Grizzly Stadium in 2018, highlighting Head Coach Bobby Hauck’s first spring schedule since returning to Montana in November.
This year’s spring game will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Missoula, and will once again be broadcast to fans statewide on SWX Montana. Griz fans who live outside of the SWX broadcast area (Montana, Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington) can also watch the spring game via live stream at GoGriz.com.
Tickets for the spring game are $5 each, with proceeds going to support the Grizzly Scholarship Association, whose primary mission is to provide scholarships to student-athletes. Tickets go on sale beginning March 1 and will be available for purchase at the GSA office and the Adams Center Box Office.
The day’s activities will also include a tailgate party hosted by the GSA, which opens to the public starting at 11 a.m. in the grove area outside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
This year’s Griz spring game will also serve as the team’s annual Junior Day, where prospective recruits visit Missoula to experience Grizzly football.
Practice Schedule: Montana’s slate of 14 spring practices begins on March 5 and will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through March 23, when the team will take a week off over spring break.
The Griz return to the field on April 2 for two weeks, with the spring schedule culminating with the April 14 spring game.
Practices are open to the public and are scheduled to begin at 3:30. However, the practice scheduled for Friday, March 23 will be closed to the public and media.
In addition to the Spring Game, the Griz will hold one other intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, April 6, which will be open to the public.
Pro Day: Former Grizzlies with professional aspirations will leave their best performances on the field for NFL and CFL scouts during the annual Pro Day, scheduled for the morning of Monday, March 12.
Under Hauck, the 2018 Grizzlies are looking to return to the playoffs for the first time in two seasons. Playoff runs were a mainstay of Hauck-led teams during his first tenure with the Griz when he posted an overall 80-17 record from 2003 to 2009.
The Griz open the 2018 season with two-straight home games against Missouri Valley Conference foe Northern Iowa on Sept. 1, followed by Drake University on Sept. 8.
Griz Football 2018 Spring Practice Schedule
Monday, March 5 – Practice #1
Wednesday, March 7 – Practice #2
Friday, March 9 – Practice #3
Monday, March 12 – Pro Day
Monday, March 12 – Practice #4
Wednesday, March 14 – Practice #5
Friday, March 16 – Practice #6
Monday, March 19 – Practice #7
Wednesday, March 21 – Practice #8
Friday, March 23 – Practice #9 CLOSED
Monday, April 2 – Practice #10
Wednesday, April 4 – Practice #11
Friday, April 6 – SCRIMMAGE
Monday, April 9 – Practice #12
Wednesday, April 11 – Practice #13
Saturday, April 14 – Spring Game: 1 p.m. – Washington-Grizzly Stadium
Montana 2018 Schedule
9.1 NORTHERN IOWA
9.15 at Western Illinois
9.22 SACRAMENTO STATE
9.29 at Cal Poly
10.6 PORTLAND STATE
10.13 at North Dakota
10.27 UC DAVIS
11.3 at Southern Utah
11.10 at Idaho
11.17 MONTANA STATE
(Home games in caps)