MISSOULA — Preseason practices will look considerably different when the Montana's football team suits up for the first time on Aug. 8.
For starters, practices will be held at Dornblaser Field instead of inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Practices are also scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. instead of in the morning. Those practices are slated to last for two hours.
Players are set to report on Aug. 6.
In total, Montana has 19 open practices and two closed-door scrimmages during the preseason slate. Those two closed scrimmages are on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24.
Montana's fifth practice on Aug. 12 will be the first full pads practice of the fall.
In addition to the open practices, there will be two fan events — one specifically for UM students — before the season starts.
The 23rd annual Great Griz Encounter will be held at Washington-Grizzly Stadium this year, not Caras Park, on Aug. 22. After autographs are signed, UM is screening "Black Panther" on the jumbotron. The event is free.
On Aug. 30, Montana's head football coach Bobby Hauck, along with the assistant coaches, are hosting a "Football 101" day for UM students. There will be door prizes and "prime student seating" access. After practice, students get a tour of the Washington-Grizzly Champions Center.
Montana opens the season with their maroon out game against Northern Iowa on Sept. 1 with kickoff set at 7 p.m.