The ninth annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance
Bowl will feature Cornell University
against Franklin Pierce University in a Sprint
Football contest on Saturday, Sept. 21 at
Saratoga High School.
Pre-game activities begin at 12:45 p.m. with
a 1 p.m. kickoff scheduled.
The annual game raises funds for local youth
programs. This year’s net proceeds will benefit
Taylor’s Heroes and Saratoga Pop Warner football
and cheerleading programs.
The Allegiance Bowl highlights teams from
the Collegiate Sprint Football League where no
player can weigh more than 172 pounds three
days prior to kick off. The quick, explosive sport
places an emphasis on athleticism and team play
rather than on player size.
Cornell last appeared in the Allegiance Bowl in 2006 and this year marks the first appearance by Franklin Pierce, a college in New Hampshire. Bowl game activities include a banquet the night before the game to welcome players and fans. It is open to the public, and will feature as keynote speaker former West Point garrison commander Col. Pat Kane, a member of Army’s undefeated 1972 sprint football team.
Scott Perkins, committee chairman, said his committee’s goal was to bring an authentic “bowl game” atmosphere to the event.
Game day features family-friendly activities including a vintage military aircraft flyover, skydiving exhibition where jumpers deliver the game ball to the stadium, an award-wining marching band, and a performance by the Racing City Chorus. Since its inception, the Allegiance Bowl has raised over $60,000 for youth charities.
Major sponsors include The Adirondack Trust Company, Stewart’s Shops, Price Chopper, The Saratogian and 101.3 the Jockey. Event sponsors include Allerdice Building Supply, Embrace the Race, Old Bryan Inn/Longfellow’s Inn and Restaurant, Pallette Stone Corp., Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, Courtyard by Marriott – Saratoga Springs, Pyramid Pines Mobile Home Sales, Inc., Saratoga Springs Police Benevolent Association, and the Saratoga Firefighters Local 343.
Other media sponsors include Creative Connections, NY, SPA.NET, Stock Studios Photography, and Mannix Marketing.
Tickets to the banquet are $25 and may be obtained by calling 588-6952. Game tickets are $5 in advance, $8 day of game. Tickets may be obtained from any Adirondack Trust Co. branch, Walton’s Sport Shop, or Perkins and Perkins, Attorneys, in Saratoga Springs, or at the gate.