Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic Brings High School Football to Ohio Stadium

Each Labor Day Weekend the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic has…

  • more than 1,000,000 viewers tune-in
  • over 70,000 fans come to watch
  • nearly 1,200 student athletes compete from 16 of the nation’s best and storied programs
  • 8 anticipated match-ups broadcast on 2 major sports networks
  • from 2 of the most iconic stadiums in the country on the #1 stage for High School Football

Sunday, September 4
Noon ET – St. Xavier vs. Pickerington Central
3:30 p.m. ET – Springfield vs. Upper Arlington
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Monday, September 5

Noon ET – Camden County vs Cleveland Glenville
4 p.m. ET – Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Centerville
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Founded in 2005 by former Ohio State quarterback and current Emmy-Award winning ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge (formally known) celebrated Ohio football’s pride by featuring perennial state high school champions matched-up with gridiron powerhouses from around the country. With Paul Brown and Fawcett Stadiums as its backdrop, the event quickly garnered national attention as the nation’s premier high school football kickoff over Labor Day weekend.

For the past six years, the annual event has seen epic battles and superior athleticism from overtime showdowns to record breaking performances. In 2008, the event would expand to the mighty football state of Texas doubling the number of participating teams, attendance and national audience.

Now entering its seventh year, the National Kickoff Classic looks to continue its tradition as nation’s #1 high school football event featuring both intra-state and out-of-state match-ups. Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Cowboys Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will be center stage for these teams as they take the field in front of a national television audience with state pride on the line.


About GCSC

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission (GCSC) was formed in June 2002 to provide leadership, guidance and marketing expertise in attracting regional, national and international sporting events and activities to bolster Greater Columbus economically and socially. Since its inception, GCSC has bid on and brought more than 150 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $150 million in visitor spending. The GCSC also works to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $100 million in visitor spending.
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