The Saint Xavier and Trinity High School communities have enjoyed a long-standing tradition of playing the regular season varsity football game between the two schools at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium. UofL is always an accommodating host and St. X and Trinity work together to make the game experience special. Alumni and families from both high schools have traditions for pregame gathering and tailgate festivities. This year, in light of the pandemic and the protocols that come along with it, fans can expect that the experience will be different.
St. X, Trinity and U of L have jointly determined that this year’s game, scheduled for Friday, September 25, will not be played at Cardinal Stadium. Instead, St. X, as the 2020 home team, will host the game at Brother Thomas More Page Stadium, the Tigers on-campus stadium, with a 7:30 p.m. kick off. Because of restrictions on crowd capacity issued by the governor’s office, the Health Department and the KHSAA, each school will receive a limited number of tickets to the game. However, fans that are unable to attend in-person will have the ability to cheer on their teams via live-streamed video through the NFHS Network. Expect more details about the game and ticket allocation within the next week.
St. X Athletics Director, Denny Williams said, “For the first time, the rivalry game vs. Trinity will be played on the campus of St. X. Although we won’t be playing in front of as large of a crowd as normal, it is most important that we continue the tradition to play the game, even with a limited number of fans. I am thankful to our friends at the University of Louisville and look forward to collaborating for the game next season.”
Trinity Director of Athletics, Rob Saxton shared, “Shamrock fans, alumni, coaches and players love the opportunity to play this rival game in the big-time atmosphere UofL provides. No one can deny that. At the same time, with all the uncertainty that continues to surround the pandemic, we are grateful to have the opportunity to play the game, even if it is to be played away from Cardinal Stadium. While there will be fewer fans in the stands, those not able to attend in-person will be able to watch the game live on the NFHS Network. We will make the best of the situation this year and are hopeful the game will be able to return to Cardinal Stadium in 2021.”
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