Beginning this Friday, Aug. 24, all of Utah State’s football practices will be closed in preparation for its season opener against Southern Utah on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.

For the first time since 1996, the Aggies will open a season with back-to-back home games, hosting Southern Utah on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Utah on Friday, Sept. 7. Both games are slated for 6 p.m. (MT) starts from Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The Aggies' game against Utah will be on ESPN2.

Season tickets and two-game packages can be purchased in person at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fans can also buy tickets over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1, or online at www.utahstateaggies.com/tickets.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program on Twitter or on the USU football blog.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.