What?: The Corsicana Bowl.
When?: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
Where?: Tiger Stadium at Corsicana High School
Big things are coming to Corsicana – two to be exact. The Corsicana Bowl announced two months ago has gained a lot of momentum and sponsors, and will pit two Division II college football teams against each other here 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec 2 at Tiger Stadium. The brainchild of Tony Taulton, Executive Director of the Corsicana Bowl, is showing to keep its promise of creating a new major event for Corsicana.
“The reception from the city, in terms of sponsors, is amazing,” Taulton said. “They have been really supportive of the cause … Corsicana is a good city, with a good stadium and good people.”
The two teams to play have yet to be determined, but the roster has been thinned to a small selection after reviewing three conferences. The remaining potential teams are as follows: Tarleton State, Angelo State, Texas A&M Commerce, University of Central Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma State, and Eastern New Mexico University. The two teams to play at the Corsicana Bowl will be selected by Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Each team for the Bowl Game will receive 3,000 tickets to sell to its students and visitors, totaling 6,000 seats for the visiting teams. This leaves 4,000 seats for the citizens of Corsicana to fill.
To recap, the Corsicana Bowl is an idea devised by Taulton in August to develop a new Bowl game for Texas college football. Taulton has worked with several people in the past who have promoted bowl games, and when searching for ideal locations, he found Corsicana and believed the town to be the ideal setting.
“It started with Richey Cutrer,” Taulton said. “I met with him saying this is what I was looking to do; the location is perfect, it's a city of 27,000 people with a stadium that seats 10,001. Richey loved the idea of a Division II football game coming to Corsicana. After talking and meeting with him several times was when I met Joanna Fritz and Josh Tackett of the Chamber of Commerce. They too supported the Bowl from that point on.”
Testimonials from supporters of the Corsicana Bowl
Joanna Fritz, President and CEO of the Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce – “The Chamber is excited about the Corsicana Bowl and the positive economic impact it will have on our community. We look forward to working with the Corsicana Bowl organization to grow this event in the years to come.”
Don Denbow, Mayor of Corsicana – “I am excited about the upcoming bowl game in Corsicana at noon on December 2nd at in Tiger Stadium. Not only will it be an opportunity for college athletes to participate in a playoff atmosphere, but also our visitors will observe and enjoy our city's Texas hospitality. Good luck to both teams on this festive occasion.”
Jessica Bentz, Corsicana Special Olympics – "Corsicana Special Olympics is honored to be a part of the Corsicana Bowl. We are so thankful to Richey Cutrer, Corsicana ISD Athletic Director, for choosing our organization as the non-profit to be recognized! Corsicana Special Olympics athletes will go on the field for the coin toss and be recognized during halftime. We look forward to cheering on both teams in the bowl game!”
The Corsicana Bowl currently has over 30 local businesses sponsoring the event, with Corsicana Visitors and Convention Bureau as its “Brought to You By” sponsor. The game will also feature special guests former Houston Oilers Head Coach Ed Biles, Marquez Clark, and Adrian Nelson (Two players from the Navarro’s national championship team).
All proceeds of the game goes to benefit the Corsicana Special Olympics. There are still many opportunities available for sponsorship slots. For more information, call Taulton at (855) 798-2253 Ext 2, or visit its website at www.corsicanabowl.com or email email@example.com.
List of Current sponsors:
- Corsicana Visitors and Convention Bureau – Brought To You By Sponsor
- Van’s Jewelers – 2nd Quarter Sponsor
- Community National Bank and Trust of Texas
- Prosperity Bank
- Navarro County Electric Co-Op
- Earnest Walker Realty
- Gilfillan’s INC
- Russell Stover
- Howell Renovations
- CiCi’s Pizza
- City of Corsicana
- Main Street Program
- Valvoline Express Care
- Corsicana Chamber of Commerce
- Keathley and Keathley
- Corsicana Glass and Mirror
- Neiman Properties
- Chuck and Gayle’s Subway I-45 and HWY 31
- Texas Media
- Copy Center and Office Supplies
- RoadLiner Bus
- Scrappin GoodTime LLC
- King Bail Bonds
- Govea Remodeling
- Dr. Pete McElroy
- Watkins Construction
- Collins Street Bakery
- Fun Jump
- Granite Tile
- Oil Mexican Inn