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NC State spring game 2017: Game time, online stream, event info, format changes, and more

The spring game is going to look a whole lot different this year.

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I was wrong: Dave Doeren and his staff aren’t just tweaking the spring game format, they’re changing it completely. Rather than playing a true exhibition football game, NC State will run through a variety of different situational drills, and no tackling to the ground will be allowed during the contest.

Here’s how things will go, via the release from NCSU on the event:

1Q: In the first quarter, the first, second and third teams will compete against each other in a series of scripted plays.

2Q: The team will scrimmage in “sudden change” mode, simulating action following a turnover or a big momentum play on special teams. At the end of the second quarter, the situation will change to a two-minute offense before the half.

3Q: The offense will start inside the red zone.

4Q: The second and third teams will finish the day with a live scrimmage.

The game gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and will be streamed live via ESPN3/ACC Network Extra.

If you are planning on attending the game, don’t forget to bring a little cash for a donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. As always, NCSU asks for a minimum $1 donation. Don’t be a lamer, okay, bub?

What: The Kay Yow spring game

When: 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 1 (no foolin’)

Online Stream: ESPN3/ACC Network Extra

Streaming broadcast crew: Andrew Sanders (PXP), Brandon Bishop, Taylor Cunningham

Game day events:

The Wolfpup Fan Zone will open on the east side of the stadium at 10:30 a.m., featuring face painting, a TapSnap picture station and corporate sponsor booths. From 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the cheerleaders, mascots, dance team and Tuffy II will be in the fan zone for autographs and pictures.

Game day parking:

Parking lots will open at 8 a.m. (enter at gates A, B or C off of Trinity Rd.) and parking is free. Stadium gates 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 will open at 10:30 a.m. Following the game, the parking lots will need to be cleared by 4 p.m. as the Hurricanes host the Dallas Stars at 7 p.m.

Odds: Expert handicappers across Vegas fully expect NC State to prevail.