Falcons to keep “Friday Night Lights” program in Gwinnett

The Atlanta Falcons played a little Friday night football in front a full house at Brookwood High School. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

The Atlanta Falcons played a little Friday night football in front a full house at Brookwood High School in 2009. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons “Friday Night Lights” program is staying in Gwinnett County for the third consecutive year.

The event was held at Grady High School before being staged at Mill Creek High in 2008 and Brookwood High in 2009.

The “Friday Night Lights” scrimmage will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at North Gwinnett High in Suwanee.

The scrimmage is open to the public and admission is free.

This grass roots event includes a fan fest with interactive inflatable games, face painting, sponsor activation, a post event autograph session and a spectacular fireworks show. During the live scrimmage, Falcons coach Mike Smith, Falcons quarterbacks, and certain position players will be mic’d so fans can get an in depth look “inside the huddle” during the scrimmage. WXIA-TV also will be broadcasting live from the event.

“This is a special event for not only our fans, but for our players as well,” said Smith. “Our guys love going back to their roots and playing under the lights at a high school field every year. This event provides us the opportunity to reach out to the community and give our fans a chance to get up close and personal with our team as we prepare for the 2010 season.”

21 comments Add your comment


May 27th, 2010
6:04 pm

get your popcorn ready!!!!!!!!!!


May 27th, 2010
6:06 pm

Oh WOW I’m first again.

Anyways I haven’t participated in this event in prior years, but i think i may bring the kids out to watch this.


May 27th, 2010
6:09 pm

DOL how about an update on the CFA’s and Rookies.
Does Ward look likely to unseat any of the other QB’s on the roster?
Does it look like we’re gonna keep Harvey and Wolfe?
Does anybody look like they’re easily set up to be cut on the first round of cuts?
Do the two RB’s look like they’ll be in a B/U role or on the street?
And then there’s the Bear, will he make the team?

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May 27th, 2010
6:27 pm



May 27th, 2010
6:34 pm

good job elvis

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 27th, 2010
6:45 pm

Falcons Transplant — We’ve done a lot on the CFAs. We have to wait to training camp for a lot of those answers. They all look good running around in shorts. Not getting to worked up about that like I did about Laurent Robinson. He was all-OTAs until the pads went on.


May 27th, 2010
8:06 pm

Sounds like something I’d love to take my kids to, but it’s also the 1st day of school here so it might be too much excitement for one day……


May 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

I’ve read everything thing you’ve wrote reguarding the falcons since the end of the season.
I greatly appreciate all the work you’ve done keeping us all up to date.
Was just hoping for an up to the minute update re: OTA’s.
But you’re right, we need to wait until the pads are on. But one last thing…
Are we down to 80 players? Last i heard we had 87 because we hadn’t signed our draft picks.
When we DO sign the picks who do you think will get the ax?
This a question that will be answered before training camp, but was wondering what your opinion was.


May 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

If you’ve never been to the Friday Night Lights scrimmage, you ought to go. It’s alot of fun and not a bad seat in the house.


May 27th, 2010
9:14 pm

good idea, after all the team and their fans never developed past high school.
after playing the high school circuit ‘con fans will be proclaiming their team is destined for the SB. :)


Gritz Blitz

May 27th, 2010
9:19 pm

Will Roam the Dome follow again on the Saturday after Friday Night Lights as it has in the past?

Tater Tot

May 27th, 2010
10:53 pm

NOLA, You had better be nice online here before i tell your gay lover “Alfredo Valentine” your really a Falcons fan hunnychile……..Oh Snap !!!

Big B CH 99

May 28th, 2010
12:36 am

One of these days they need to do it @ Collins Hill. Then I could say that I played (more accurately stood on the sidelines) on that same field that a pro team is now playing on. LOL! But I can’t complain about it being at North b/c it’s still real close for me.


May 28th, 2010
1:35 am

So is it the ATLANTA Falcons or the Gwinnett Falcons.

Friday Night Lights gets moved further from the city every year. I’m just sayin’.

A yeea Yeaaah

May 28th, 2010
8:46 am

I took my family for the first time last year and they really enjoyed it! It’s a fun atomsphere and family friendly! And being the bargain hunter and captain of the financial ship, the FREE admission made it that much more enjoyable. I was able to wiggle out some change for chicken sandwiches!



May 28th, 2010
9:01 am

Astro, Atlanta Falcons.

The Giants and Jets play where? NJ. The DALLAS Cowboys play where? Irving.

They could play in Jonesboro and still be the ATLANTA Falcons.


May 28th, 2010
9:15 am

Astro has a point. I’m a Gwinnett native but I would like to see the team take a trip to McDonough or Austell next year. Then maybe up to Marietta the year afterwards.

Atlanta has a MASSIVE metro area – North South East and West should get a chance to host the Friday Night Lights event.


May 28th, 2010
8:12 pm

Patrick Crayton looks like he’ll be released by the Dallas Cowboys in the next few weeks…

Do we go after him???

I say hell yes. He could push 12 for the 2nd spot on day one and we’d have a Hude depth.
Plus our younger guys could really learn from this vet.


May 28th, 2010
8:13 pm


Maybe you could write something up about this huh?