Shrine Bowl Again In Prime Time
Castleton, VT. – The Board of Governors of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, at their October meeting, voted to hold the 65th Annual Bowl Game at Castleton University. The game will be played Saturday, August 4, 2018 with the spectacular parade at 3:00 p.m. followed by the football game at 5:30 p.m.
The decision to host the game at Castleton for the fourth straight year was a direct result of the successful experience of the past three games. The goal of the game is to provide funding to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. The contributions from the 2017 game again exceeded those of the past several years combined. With further enhancements anticipated for the 2018 game, expectations are high that we can do even better.
President Dave Wolk states; “We are delighted that Castleton will once again be hosting the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl this year. Last year’s parade and game were excellent examples of the Rutland Region coming together with the University to embrace such a wonderful cause, supporting both the philanthropy of the Shriners and the efforts of the student-athletes. We promise yet another fantastic experience for players, their families, fans, coaches, and Shriners in 2018. It has been wonderful to host Shrine players and coaches from both Vermont and New Hampshire for the past three years during their training camps, and we now hope that the parade and game have found their permanent home on our beautiful campus and in the Rutland Region.”
Dartmouth was home to the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl from 1958 to 2014, with the exception of seven years: 1967 when the game was played at UVM, 1968 at UNH, 2006 at Plymouth State and 2009 -2011 at Windsor High School followed by Castleton in 2015. All of these moves were the result of stadium renovations.
The Maple Sugar Bowl Board of Governor’s review of the past three years, revenue and expenses at Castleton is the main reason for maintaining our relationship with Castleton University for the 2018 game. Attendance for the past three years have exceeded 4,000 spectators and hosting the game at the same venue as the training camp proved to be very beneficial. The beautiful Castleton University Spartan Stadium, their staff and support help also contributed to the success of the game.
Arguably the Dartmouth venue is the most central and ideal location for all players from the twin State region. With the game location being the same as the week-long training camp, expenses were substantially reduced. The experience of the parade ending at the stadium and main parking lots, proved to be very successful and the air was electric with energy leading up to the game. The Board of Governors will continue to look at all options for extending this historic and traditional game into the future.
Shriners Hospitals for Children, the world’s greatest philanthropy, are located in 22 locations around the US, Montreal Quebec Canada and Mexico City. Our patients travel from various distant locations to receive their world renowned care. We would ask that everyone understand the economic strength of the 2015 game and can accept the sacrifice of the additional travel distance to the south western Vermont venue in support of our patients.
The game brings together some of the finest high school football players in Vermont and New Hampshire. The head coaches for the August 4, 2018 classic will be announced in December and players for game will be announced in March.
Thanks to all that made the previous games successful. We look forward to working with you to make the 2018 game even better.
Kristi C. Morris