Big 33 Football Classic leaving Hersheypark Stadium for new site

Big 33 Football Classic gets new home in Dauphin County.

The Big 33 Football Classic is leaving Hersheypark Stadium for a new home and new date but will remain in central Pennsylvania.

Organizers of the annual high school all-star announced Wednesday that the 60th Big 33 game will be played at Central Dauphin Middle School's Landis Field. The game had been played at Herseheypark Stadium in recent years.

The game, which features top high school football players from Pennsylvania and Maryland, will be played June 17. Originally, the Big 33 game tentatively had been scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

Dauphin County commissioners pledged a $100,000 tourism grant to "ensure the game would continue," according to a news release.

Founded in 1958, the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation dissolved in January after years of financial concerns. The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association assumed control of the foundation's namesake football game, which has showcased the state's top high school football talent for six decades.

Three Lehigh Valley players will participate in this year's game: Liberty defensive lineman Jaohne Duggan, Liberty receiver Darian Street and Emmaus kicker Carson Landis.

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