The Great Atlanta Bash, formerly known as the Domecoming, will have a new home this season at Georgia State Stadium.
In Tuesday afternoon press conference inside of Georgia State Stadium, Score Atlanta officials announced that five Atlanta Public Schools and one school from Douglas County will play regional matchups at Georgia State Stadium on Sept. 21.
The triple header will feature the Mays, Carver Atlanta, Booker T. Washington, Maynard Jackson, Washington and New Manchester high school.
Along with these games being played, they will be broadcast live on CBS46 including sideline coverage.
With the games being played on September 21, the same day UGA hosts Notre Dame, live game tune in will be featured during the main broadcast to give those fans watching at home a glimpse of UGA football.
For I.J. Rosenburg, president of Score Atlanta who is hosting the classic, the opportunity is worth it.
“This is a great opportunity for Atlanta Public Schools to show off what is going on in the city with their football programs,” said Rosenburg. “It is also a chance for a lot of these players that plan on moving on to the next level to get exposure on television. Most of them haven’t had the chance to play on TV before.”
APS athletic director Jasper Jewell seconds the notion that this event is filled with much opportunity and potential.
“It’s been a long time coming, it’s history in the making for us,” said Jewell. “For us, our culture, our kids and our stakeholders, this is a great big deal.”
Finding a venue for this event was a challenge but having Georgia State Stadium host it was perfect for Jewell.
“The location is great. It’s in the heart of downtown Atlanta which is between all of our schools,” Jewell said. “It’s [also] a great facility, with a cozy atmosphere and the way it is logistically set up is perfect.”
With five APS teams and New Manchester, the lone team from Douglas County playing in this event, Jewell explains how choosing these teams were perfect to play for this weekend.
“We’re blessed and fortunate to have all five APS teams playing because a lot of it was based off of schedule,” said Jewell. “We were blessed and fortunate to have all of those same teams playing that same weekend.”
A lot of people speculated why Douglass High School was not featured in this years Bash but Jewell noted that he plans to include them in next year’s game and the future.
The first game will begin at 10 a.m. with the South Atlanta Hornets facing off against the Washington Bulldogs.
Maynard Jackson will follow up at 12:40 p.m. as they battle the Carver-Atlanta Panthers in a rivalry in which the series is tied.
The day will conclude with the Mays Raiders battling the New Manchester Jaguars at 3:20.
Tickets are available for presale at $15 and will be $18 at the gate.