FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - In 2007, Gillette Stadium hosted 11 Patriots games, 19 Revolution games and several sold-out concerts. But for thousands of high school football fans, the most exciting event in Foxborough took place on a cold Saturday in December.
The 2007 EMass High School Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium featured six games, several nail biters, one overtime classic and a lifetime of memories for the student athletes involved. The games will return to Gillette Stadium on Dec. 6, 2008, when 12 teams represent their communities in the 2008 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) EMass Super Bowls.
Under an agreement between the MIAA and the Kraft family, Gillette Stadium will again host six of the seven EMass Super Bowl games. Division IV, III, II, IIA, I and IA will play at Gillette Stadium, with the Division IIIA game held at Bentley College (under the agreement, the seventh division rotates annually). The Kraft family will cover costs for the event.
"High school Super Bowls are special. We hope the experience of playing on the same field as the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium will make the day even more memorable for everyone involved," said Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. "For many of the participants, these Super Bowls will be one of the most memorable moments of their athletic careers and will be talked about for generations to come. High school football has a long and storied tradition in New England. We are proud to build on that tradition by hosting the Super Bowls here and are making efforts to preserve the history of high school football at The Hall at Patriot Place."
Kraft Sports Productions, which produces Patriots preseason games and New England Revolution games for television, will produce the broadcast of the games on Comcast SportsNet (Division IV, III and II games) and WSBK-TV38 (Division IIA, I and IA games). Gary Tanguay and Scott Zolak will call the games on both stations. Coverage begins at 9:00 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet and 3:30 p.m. on WSBK-TV38.
Like their NFL counterparts, the high school teams will receive NFL-style introductions on Gillette Stadium's 48 x 27-foot video screens and public address system. The video screens will also show instant replays throughout the day and the postgame awards ceremonies for each winning team.
General admission tickets for the event are $13 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. They will be available at the walk-up windows of the Gillette Stadium ticket offices beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 6. Parking is free for the event (parking map attached) and parking lots will open at 8 a.m. Concessions will be available throughout the day.
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, which opened in 2008, will offer discounted admission on Dec. 6 to fans with tickets to the Super Bowl games. The Hall's New England Football exhibit currently features the jerseys from every 2007 high school football champion in New England. Following the 2008 Super Bowls, a jersey from each winner will be raised to The Hall's Wall of Champions.
The New England Football exhibit also features interactive touch screens allowing fans to peruse information about every high school football program in New England, a video presentation on the history of football in New England and a display case of artifacts significant to New England football, including Doug Flutie's 1984 Heisman Trophy, a football from an 1875 Harvard-Yale game and an original Providence Steam Roller uniform, circa 1931.