ODU To Play Delaware In 2012 Oyster Bowl
Jan. 31, 2012
NORFOLK- The Oyster Bowl, which returned to Foreman Field at SB Ballard Stadium this past fall after a 15-year absence, will remain part of the Old Dominion University home football schedule for the next five years, as announced today by Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig.
"We are delighted that the Oyster Bowl will continue to be a fixture on the Old Dominion football schedule," says Selig. "The historical significance the game plays at Foreman Field and Norfolk's history compliments the traditions we are creating with our young football program, as well as providing an important charitable cause for our fans and University to support with the Shiners' hospitals."
Sponsored by the Chesapeake based Khedive Temple of Shriners International, the ODU vs. James Madison game played on Oct. 29, 2011 was designated the 62nd annual Oyster Bowl. The historic event had been played at ODU's stadium from 1946-1995 before moving to the Peninsula in 1999. The 63rd annual game will be held on Oct. 27, 2012, when the Monarchs take on CAA powerhouse Delaware and, like last year, an additional $1 added to the ticket cost of this game to support the Shriners' Hospitals for Children. The new contract secures a designated Oyster Bowl game on the Monarchs home schedule through the 2016 season.
"The Oyster Bowl has always supported such a wonderful cause in the Shriners Children's Hospitals. It just makes sense to extend this contract and keep the Oyster Bowl in Norfolk and tied to ODU football. I look forward to expanding the surrounding festivities with this game and maintaining its historic presence at Foreman Field," adds Selig
The first Oyster Bowl was played in 1946 between Granby High School (Norfolk) and Clifton High School (New Jersey). However, from 1948-1995, the game featured NCAA major college teams, featuring All Americans and future NFL players such as Ernie Davis of Syracuse, Don Meredith of SMU, Roger Steinbach of Navy, Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech, Randy White of Maryland and 1960 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellini of Navy.
In 1999, the game was revived and relocated to the Joseph S. Darling Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Virginia and featured a match-up between Division III college teams.
"The Khedive Shriners are heartily behind this five-year contract with Old Dominion," says Khedive Shriners Potentate Joe Register. "This is such a great opportunity for the Shriners to be recognized and bring back the proud tradition of the "Oyster Bowl" to Foreman Field. Furthermore, we know that the Oyster Bowl Event will enable us to tell more people about the world's greatest philanthropy, the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children that treat children under the age of 18 for orthopedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate."
The Khedive Shriners band will perform as part of the University's Homecoming parade on Oct. 13, and units and clubs of the Shriners will participate in tailgating on Kaufman Mall prior to the Oct. 27 contest. Old Dominion will kick-off its fourth season of football on Sept. 1 at home against Duquesne University.