Paul’s high school football teams, Washington and Harding, will play a boys’ and girls’ double-header on October 7 at Allianz Field. The game comes with a name – Saint Paul’s Cup – and a promise that it will be played annually.
The Saint Paul Cup will see teams from different Saint Paul schools each year and take place at Allianz Stadium.
This year’s boys’ game will begin at 5:30 p.m., the girls’ gate will open at 7:30 p.m. at 4:30 p.m., and admission is free. Tickets must be claimed through SeatGeek, an online ticket booking service.
The event features the Mayor’s Cup, an annual double header since 2016 between the Saint Paul Como Park and Saint Paul Humboldt teams. The 2021 game was played at Allianz Stadium, the first time it had not been played on a school field.
“The original idea was to expand our support for the Mayor’s Cup, but the high school athletic directors wanted all Saint Paul Public High School football programs to have the experience of playing on a world-class stadium in their own backyard, proving once again that the best ideas It comes from listening and collaborating,” said Katie Mathis Sarver, Community Development Officer at Bell Bank, sponsor of the St Paul’s Cup. “There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of high school esports, and we are grateful to the collectives for working together to create lifelong memories for players and fans.”
Inviting high school teams to play at the Minnesota United home of the Major League Soccer aligns well with the team’s mission to “promote football, the game of the world, and through it inspire and unite the community,” Minnesota United CEO Shari Ballard said.
“Last year the Mayor’s Cup was a great event for our community,” Ballard said. “The student-athletes who participated and the thousands of fans who encouraged them created an unforgettable night of football.”
The teams Washington and Harding received their calls by surprise when two team members, St Paul-born goalkeeper and Fred Emmings, the defender, and Devin Badelford, a Maplewood native, appeared in Tuesday’s game. The moment was captured on videotape.
“This game will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for student-athletes, coaches, and families from Washington Technology Magnet School and Harding High School,” said Joe Gothard, Principal of St. Paul Public Schools. “Participation in athletics opens many doors for our youth, and we know this opportunity will be one that these hardworking students will never forget.”