The annual WIAA Emerald City Kickoff Classic has a new home.
This year’s event will be at Seattle Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6. Four games are scheduled, but the teams involved have not yet been announced. The lineup for the Emerald City Volleyball Invitational, to be played the same weekend at a yet-to-be-determined site, will also come later.
Here is the press release from the WIAA:
RENTON, Wash. – The 2014 WIAA Emerald City Kickoff Classic (ECKC) will move to Memorial Stadium at the foot of the iconic Space Needle in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Association announced Tuesday. Memorial will play host for the first time in the event’s 12-year history. Previous venues include Century Link, Roos Field and most recently, Husky Stadium.
The ECKC schedule will feature four matchups and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Participating teams for the ECKC and Emerald City Volleyball Invitational will be named at a later date.
“We are excited to continue the Kickoff Classic in Seattle for a second-straight year,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said. “Navigating through professional, college and high school football schedules can be a major challenge. We are extremely grateful to the Seattle School District and their willingness to work with the Association to make sure this tradition continues in the Emerald City.”
Tickets for the Kickoff Classic are $15 for adults, $10 for students (with valid ASB card) and seniors (62 and over), and children under the age of five are free. Admission into the Volleyball Invitational is free.
“Seattle Public Schools is honored to be included in this great event,” said Eric McCurdy, Seattle Public Schools Athletic Director. “The student-athletes, coaches, parents and football fans will have a tremendous experience playing in the city of the Seattle at Memorial Stadium.”
About Memorial Stadium
Owned by the Seattle School District, Memorial Stadium was built to honor former Seattle high school youths who gave their lives in World War II. It was dedicated in 1948, and a memorial wall, inscribed with the names of the war dead, was erected outside the stadium a year later. It is now a site for school athletics and various concerts and events.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization and rule-making body that was formed in 1905 to create equitable playing conditions between high school sports teams in Washington. The Association consists of nearly 800 member high schools and middle/junior high schools, both public and private, and is divided into nine geographic service districts. The state staff administers Association policies, rules and regulations and provides other assistance and service to member schools.