The Patriots and the MIAA passed along this press release late last night:
KRAFTS GIVE SUPER TREATMENT TO MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
MIAA Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium Dec. 1 will be professionally produced and carried live on TV throughout Massachusetts
FOXBOROUGH -- Twenty-four high school football teams will compete across Eastern Massachusetts today for a chance to represent their communities in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) EMass Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium. For the winners, Saturday’s Super Bowls will be the biggest game of their lives, and the Kraft family plans to make the event as special as possible for those lucky participants.
“High school Super Bowl championships are once-in-a-lifetime events for the players, their parents and the communities the schools represent,” said Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. “We want to do our part to make the games even more memorable, and we have the facility and resources to do that.”
Beyond the honor of playing on the same field as the three-time Super Bowl Champion and currently undefeated New England Patriots, the Super Bowl participants will compete live on TV across Massachusetts with coverage produced by Kraft Sports Productions and aired on Comcast SportsNet (Division III, IIIA and IIA games) and WSBK TV38 (Division II, I and IA games). Mike Lynch, Scott Zolak and Gary Tanguay will call the games on both stations. Coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet and 3:30 p.m. on WSBK TV38.
Like their NFL counterparts, the high school teams will receive NFL-style introductions on Gillette Stadium’s 48 x 27-foot video screens and Public Address system accompanied by music familiar to Patriots fans. The video screens will also show instant replays throughout the day and the postgame awards ceremonies for each winning team.
General admission tickets for the event are $13 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. They will be available at the walk-up windows of the Gillette Stadium ticket offices beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Parking is free for the event and concessions will be available throughout the day.
Through an agreement between the Kraft family and MIAA, Gillette Stadium will host the Eastern Massachusetts high school Super Bowls rent-free at least through 2009. The Kraft family will cover costs for the event and Kraft Sports Productions, which produces Patriots preseason games and New England Revolution games for television, will produce the broadcast of the games. Beginning with the 2007 Super Bowls on Dec. 1, six of the seven EMass football divisions will play their Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium, with the seventh division rotating annually.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.