(Cedar Falls, IA) -- The University of Northern Iowa Panthers begin their football season tonight (Friday), competing for the first time 434 days. The Missouri Valley Athletic Conference postponed the fall football season to this spring, due to the pandemic. The Panthers host South Dakota State
The crowd for tonight's home game is limited to 350-people. Every other row will be blocked to encourage social distancing, masks will be required unless when eating or drinking. Members of the UNI Marching and Pep Bands will perform from the stands.
• UNI is coming off of its fifth playoff appearance in six seasons. The Panthers won 10 games for the first time since 2011 and returned to the FCS quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. UNI finished second in the Valley.
(Photo from UNI Athletics)