The Saint Ignatius Wildcats will host the St. Edward Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium for the first time in the two schools' storied rivalry, according to Saint Ignatius officials. The game will be played on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.
The game will be hosted at the downtown stadium through a partnership with the Cleveland Browns, who have been investing heavily into Northeast Ohio youth football. Tickets can be purchased here.
"Obviously for young men growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, to play in FirstEnergy Stadium, those kids will remember it for the rest of their lives. So that's special," said Saint Ignatius head coach and Browns youth football advisor Chuck Kyle. "We appreciate this partnership with the Browns, and we are all eager to have this happen. The Browns are very enthusiastic about youth athletics and youth football, and really want to be engaged with it."
This will be the 54th time the two schools go head-to-head on the gridiron. Saint Ignatius holds a slight edge in the annual game, at 28-24-1, although St. Edward won last year's game 35-28. The last time the Wildcats and Eagles played downtown was October 11,1980, in a St. Edward's win at Municipal Stadium.
The Browns have reinvigorated their commitment to area youth football in recent years. In May, the Haslam's announced they would install high-quality synthetic turf at five Cleveland Metropolitan district fields. Three are expected to be ready for the 2016 high school football season.