With the new school year comes the return of football.
And week one of the 2019 season will feature a contest that could be historic in nature.
For the first time since 2014, the Marion Giants will play against a Grant County opponent in the regular season, as they will square off against the defending Class 2A runner up Eastbrook Panthers at Dick Lootens Stadium on Friday, August 23, in what Marion Athletic Director Steve Moritz believes will be one of the most highly attended football games in Grant County history.
Tickets for the game will be six dollars each. Don’t want to wait in line? Presale tickets will be sold at both Marion High School and Eastbrook High School beginning on Monday, August 19 at 9 am. Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at Dick Lootens Stadium, with the gates opening at 5:30 pm. Both the Marion and Eastbrook communities are encouraged to come early and tailgate before the game in the stadium parking lot.
Kickoff is slated for 7 pm, but make sure to be in your seats early for a special pregame ceremony – one that will introduce a brand new tradition at Marion High School. While further details were not disclosed, Moritz said earlier this week it’s a tradition that he hopes will carry on for years and decades to come.
Again, to summarize, the Marion Giants and the Eastbrook Panthers will open the 2019 regular season on Friday, August 23, at 7 pm with a special pregame ceremony that is not to be missed. Tickets will be available for presale at both Marion and Eastbrook High Schools beginning on Monday, August 19 and will also be available at Dick Lootens Stadium on gameday. The gates will open at 5:30 pm.