A “Battle for the Border” has been set for Saturday, Sept. 27. Representing the American side will be the Central Washington University football team, which will look to turn back the invading Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clan, from Burnaby, British Columbia. Presented by the Washington National Guard, the inaugural battle will be held at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium, with kickoff at 6 p.m.
“Since the bulk of our alumni live in western Washington, we want to bring a game to them,” explained Jason Roundy, CWU’s athletic development director, as to why the battle was scheduled. “It’s a way for us to better serve and connect with Wildcat Nation there.”
Because of the school’s proximity and the international nature of the contest, SFU was a natural fit, Roundy pointed out, adding, “Most schools never have the opportunity to play an international opponent.”
Simon Fraser University is the only NCAA member institution, from any of its divisions, that is not located within the United States. That further heightens the international nature of the “Battle for the Border,” for which the Washington National Guard was also considered to be a natural partner.
“This is our first time doing a partnership for a game with a college and we’re very excited about it,” noted Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Lieggi, commander of the Washington National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “We have a deep relationship with the [CWU] ROTC program and this partnership will help demonstrate to the entire campus how we feel about the university.”
What will become a traveling trophy will be awarded to the winner of the first game in the cross-border rivalry. In addition, the Washington National Guard will be prominent in the pre-game and halftime festivities, and at a fan zone that will be set up in the parking lot.
CWU Athletics Director Dennis Francois noted, “This game will showcase the men and women who defend our country and serve the state of Washington when tragedies arise.”
Lieggi added, “As guardsmen, we are patriots soldiers and neighbors. We are actively involved in the community and being partners with CWU shows how deeply we want our roots to extend in this state.”
Washington National Guard “Battle for the Border” tickets, which go on sale tomorrow (July 1), will be $15 for general admission and $10 for CWU students, faculty, and staff with identification, emeritus faculty and senior citizens (age 65 or older), non-CWU students and youth. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free.
Tickets can be purchased through the Wildcat Tickets website or by calling 509-963-1429. In-person ticket purchases may be made at the Wildcat Shop, in the Student Union and Recreation Center, or at the Wildcat Welcome Center, on the corner of University Way and Pearl Street.
Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of media and public relations, Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487, firstname.lastname@example.org
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