The East-West Shrine Game is Saturday the 23rd at Tropicana Field! Gates open at 2 pm, and kickoff is at 4 pm. This is a big event for downtown St. Petersburg, and brings college athletes and coaches, NFL scouts, and even some pros from around the country to our fair city. For more than ninety years, the East-West Shrine Game has attracted the greats. Some names you might have heard of include Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Gale Sayers, John Elway, Walter Payton, and Dick Butkus, and coaches like Bear Bryant, Dick Vermeil, and Don Shulla have all supported the game.
The game and the practice sessions in the lead-up to the game attract scouts from the NFL, and while this game is a showcase for top college players, it also has a deeper purpose. Every year, the players and coaches reach out to the local Shriners Hospitals For Children for an experience they will never forget, and to make long-lasting bonds with some kids that really struggle every day. The game’s slogan says it all: “Strong Legs Run That Weak Legs May Walk”.
The East-West Shrine Game also presents the Pat Tillman Award, named for Arizona Cardinals great Pat Tillman, who walked away from pro football to serve his country in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is awarded to one college player that best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship, and service, both on the field, and in his private life. Last year’s recipient was Jake Ryan of the University of Michigan.
Official website with player roster and more info is here.
As with any big event at the Trop, parking and traffic will be a mess, but you can avoid it all by calling Downtown Yellow Taxi. We will pick you up at your home or hotel and deliver you to the front gates, quick and hassle-free. No parking hassles, no waiting in line, no long walk from the parking lot. Just call us 15 minutes before you are ready to leave! 727 379-4440
Also this weekend:
Friday Jan 22nd
Galactic at Jannus Live 7:30 pm
Saturday Jan 23rd
Mean Mary at Sacred Lands 8 pm
TFO Masterworks: Mozart and More! at the Mahaffey 8 pm
Sunday Jan 24th
10 Years, Avatar, Hellyeah, Islander, & P.O.D. at Fergs 6 pm