Atwood Stadium to be site of Vehicle City Gridiron Classic

Published: Jun. 6, 2017 at 2:18 PM EDT
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(06/06/17) - Those who love high school football have something to look forward to in August.

Kettering University's Atwood Stadium will be the site of the Vehicle City Gridiron Classic.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, there will be three high school football games there in what they hope is the start of a football tradition. Organizers say it will be similar to what happens every summer in Detroit and Ann Arbor.

At a news conference Tuesday morning at Atwood, it was announced that Goodrich will play Bendle at a 1 p.m. game. Flushing takes on Linden at 4 p.m. and Carman-Ainsworth will bump heads with Grand Blanc at 7 p.m.

In recent years, communities around the state have been starting their seasons grouping games over a one or two-day period.

The Vehicle City Gridiron Classic will kick off the football season in Flint and Genesee County. Family, fans and alumni are encouraged to come to Atwood Stadium, enjoy the games and then visit the downtown area and enjoy dinner there.

Two years ago, renovations were completed at Atwood, with a new turf installed. Football, soccer and lacrosse are all played there.

It's once again becoming a popular place for sporting events.

"This is a natural compliment to all the things that are already happening at Atwood. We're very excited to see these kinds of games for these special events that occur,” said Dr. Robert McMahan, Kettering president.

"I don't know why not, there's enough interest and this is the place to do it because the size and history of it. In fact, Tim Herman and I said, ‘Why not expand it to include soccer and lacrosse,” said Duncan Beagle, Genesee County family court judge.

By the way, on the Fourth of July, an evening concert with musicians from the Flint Institute of Music will be held there. It will a great location to watch the fireworks.