2ND ANNUAL BRIGHT HOUSE SPORTS NETWORK MAYOR'S CUP HIGH SCHOOL CLASSIC CELEBRATES LOCAL FOOTBALL RIVALRY
St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 31, 2012) -- Mayor Bill Foster and Bright House Sports Network will present the second annual Bright House Sports Network Mayor's Cup High School Football Classic, on Thursday, November 8, at Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. S. in downtown St. Petersburg.
Sponsored and televised by Bright House Sports Network, the game will feature the annual match-up between the Lakewood High School Spartans and St. Petersburg High School Green Devils, with kickoff set for 7:06 p.m. Tickets are $6 and the public can purchase tickets at the Al Lang box office (also known as Progress Energy Park) on game day after 5 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Parking will be $5.
Bright House subscribers can watch the game, which will begin its live telecast on BHSN Cable Channel 47 and HD 1147, beginning at 7 p.m.
Last year’s inaugural game winner, Lakewood, will be defending to keep the Mayor’s Cup trophy for another year. The 2012 winner will receive a trophy from the mayor, to be engraved with the winning team and housed at the school until next year's Mayor's Cup Classic. The Mayor's Cup Classic will highlight different high schools in St. Petersburg and possibly surrounding communities in future years.
“High school football is a rich tradition in this part of Florida, and St. Petersburg has been a training ground for future NFL players such as Louis Murphy, Cornell Green, Shaun King, Ernest Givins, and Marty Lyons,” said Mayor Bill Foster. “High school football has the ability to bring our community together, which is what we celebrate through the annual Bright House Sports Network Mayor's Cup Classic.”
”Bright House Sports Network is honored to partner with Mayor Bill Foster on this annual event. We are thrilled to televise the game from such a great facility as Al Lang Field,” said Paul Kosuth, general manager of Bright House Sports Network. “This game is a terrific compliment to our Game of the Week schedule. BHSN is the home for high school sports and a proud supporter of local high schools in our community.”
To our knowledge, this is the first ever high school football game played at Al Lang, St. Petersburg’s spring training facility, during its nearly 70-year storied history. It’s also the only regulation, American-style football game played here since the NAIA college football championship “Holiday Bowl” was held 1957 to 1960. And, during Super Bowl Week 2009, the NFL staged a “Celebrity Beach Bowl” game between celebrities and former NFL stars at waterfront Al Lang Stadium.