Second Annual GRidiron Classic Aug. 26-27 Kicks Off High School Football Season With Showcase Event Featuring 12 Schools

Kim Skeltis, APR; (616) 419-8385;    
Taylor Wierenga, 616-608-1842;



Participating Schools Double and Davenport University Added as Venue with GVSU;
Media Credentials Required

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 23, 2016 – With high school football season around the corner, fans will get to cheer on their favorite school on a larger stage as 12 Michigan high schools compete in the second annual GRidiron Classic, presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union, Aug. 26 and 27 at Davenport University’s Meyering Field and Grand Valley State University’s Lubbers Stadium.

Produced by the West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) in partnership with Davenport University, Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference, the GRidiron Classic has doubled in size from 2015, featuring more schools from a wider region, including Saginaw Swan Valley, Fenton and Muskegon Orchard View. Also new is the chance to play at Davenport’s one-year-old football stadium in the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex.

This is a fantastic opportunity for high school football players to compete on a bigger stage at first-class collegiate stadiums in front of friends and family,” said Mike Guswiler, president of the WMSC. “For fans, it’s an exciting event to show school pride and watch their team play in a week one kick-off to the season in this type of environment. Plus, you’ll see great talent. We’ve got students who have already committed to conferences like the Big 10.”

Following is the GRidiron Classic schedule:

Friday, Aug. 26: Meyering Field - Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex (Davenport University)
Game 1: 4:00 p.m. – Hopkins vs. Newaygo
Game 2: 7:30 p.m. – Zeeland East vs. Saginaw Swan Valley

Saturday, Aug. 27: Lubbers Stadium - Grand Valley State University (Allendale)
Game 1: 10:30 a.m. – Muskegon Orchard View vs. Montague
Game 2: 1:30 p.m.   – Allendale vs. Hudsonville Unity Christian
Game 3: 4:30 p.m.   – Coopersville vs. Fruitport
Game 4: 7:30 p.m.   – Caledonia vs. Fenton

“High school athletics are key to our mission of promoting sports in West Michigan, and we want to make the first week of high school football a special occasion,” added Guswiler. “What better way to do that than partner with top higher education facilities in a football kickoff showcase to build on the excitement of the season?”

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Ticket Information
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and free for children 10 and under, and one ticket entitles the bearer to attend all games at each respective venue.  High school football players wearing their school jerseys get in for $4. Discounted advance tickets are available at participating Lake Michigan Credit Union locations: Caledonia (7175 Broadmoor Ave. SE), Allendale (5023 Lake Michigan Dr.), Jenison (7409 Cottonwood Dr.), Hudsonville (4100 32nd Ave.) and Fruitport/Norton Shores (1619 Mount Garfield Rd.). Tickets also are available for purchase in the athletic offices of all participating schools.  All seating is general admission.

Media Credential and Coverage Information
Only pre-approved news organizations (print, online and broadcast media) will be permitted access to the event; media, video or film crews requesting access to the games must receive written consent from the West Michigan Sports Commission prior to check-in.  Media can contact Taylor Wierenga with the WMSC to request credentials: 616-608-1842 or Other information is as follows:

Parking - In order to be granted access to media parking, you must show the parking attendant your media (company) ID badge or driver’s license and be on an approved media list. At Lubbers Stadium, complimentary media parking is in Lot A near the main gate, only granted with proper identification.

Media Credential Pick Up/Identification – Credentials can be picked up at WILL CALL and will be released with a valid photo ID. They must be worn and remain visible at all times while on the premises. The Broadcast booth will be limited to media partner ESPN 96.1FM and other approved local broadcast organizations.

Coverage Guidelines - Player safety is our main priority. All media including on-field and access TV crews and photographers should stay on the sideline and outside of the player bench area.

Social Media Engagement – While photos taken at this event remain the property of the photographer, we would appreciate it if you would share images with the WMSC to use on social media and in future event promotion (please forward to Photo credits will be provided on all images used. We also encourage you to refer to the following related social media handles:
•    Twitter - @wmsckickoff
•    Instagram - @wmsckickoff    
•    Facebook-
•    Hashtag - #GRidironClassic

The WMSC appreciates media cooperation in abiding by these protocols.

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About the West Michigan Sports Commission
The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked 489 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 650,000 athletes and visitors, generating $190 million in direct visitor spending. For more information, visit

About the GRidiron Classic
Produced by the West Michigan Sports Commission in partnership with Davenport University, Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference, the GRidiron Classic is an annual event pairing selected matchups to kick off the high school football season. Hosted by GVSU’s Lubbers Stadium, considered one of the top Division II football facilities in the nation, and the new Meyering Field at Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex at Davenport University, the event is modeled after the Detroit Sports Commission’s Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, now in its 12th year. For more information, visit


Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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