We have all been waiting a long time for McNeese to hit the gridiron again. The last time the Pokes played football was back in November of 2019, which seems like years ago. Well, football is back and it looks like we will be getting a double dose of it in 2021 with spring and fall football seasons.

Two big announcements came out today that have to do with the McNeese football program. First, this spring, the Cowboys will play a seven game football schedule with three home games in Lake Charles.

The McNeese Athletic department and Athletic Director Heath Schroyer announced today that fans attending McNeese football games this spring will be admitted free of charge.

McNeese Football (Photo provided by and taken by Richard J. Martin MSU)

According to the University, all seating in Cowboy Stadium will be general admission and there will be no premium seating. Matt Bonnette advised us that,

Unfortunately, the number of fans allowed will be based on the capacity percentage set by the State of Louisiana due to COVID and federal laws for attendance, which is currently set at 25 percent. Admission and parking will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, because of COVID guidelines and protocols, tailgating will not be allowed this spring.

The Cowboys are set for three home games this spring starting on Saturday, February 27 against Incarnate Word. The second home game for the Pokes will be on March 13 against Lamar. Both of those games have a noon kickoff. The Cowboys will close out their spring schedule when they host Nicholls on April 3, and that game will have a 1:30pm kickoff time.

For more info on the spring season, go to the McNeese Sports website.

It was also announced today that the McNeese Cowboys will head to Baton Rouge this fall to play the LSU Tigers on September 11. The last time LSU and McNeese played was back in 2015, but the game was canceled due to lightning and weather. There was only one drive played when the game was canceled in the first quarter.

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