TC Patriot Game

TC Patriot Game 2022

11th Annual Patriot Game Friday, October 21, 2022

Tickets and Commemorative Shirts Now on Sale

Tickets to the Friday, October 21st 11th Annual Traverse City Patriot Game are now available for sale at External Linkgofan.co. Tickets will also be available at the gate on game day beginning at 5:30 p.m. All Veterans, active duty and first responders get into the game free and can enter Thirlby Field at the 13th Street rolling gate or through the 14th Street main entry. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The TC Patriot Game takes the annual football clash between the TC West Titans and TC Central Trojans and combines a focus to honor Veterans, first responders, active-duty military and area heroes who have died while serving our country. Each year, Student Senate members from both schools determine a beneficiary of the event. Proceeds from this year's t-shirt sales will support Mid-Michigan Honor Guard whose mission is to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. 

This year, Titan supporters will wear navy blue shirts while supporters of the Trojans will wear red. The minimum shirt donation is $10. Commemorative t-shirts are available for student sales October 17 - 20 during lunch.  

The public can purchase t-shirts at both schools at specific time periods Monday, October 17 through Thursday, October 20. Traverse City West fans can purchase shirts by the school’s main entrance 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. TC Central fans can get their shirts 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the main entrance atrium and in front of the gymnasium. Any remaining t-shirts will be sold at the game. 

Knowing that the TC Patriot Game may be chilly, a pre-sale of TC Patriot Game sweatshirts can be purchased atExternal Link https://www.threadscustomgear.com/your-store/tc-patriot-game-gear/ . T-shirts will not be sold online. This sweatshirt sale ends Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

TCAPS highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance at External Linkwww.GoFan.co. On game day, there will be three separate lines on the 13th and 14th St entrances; one for pre-purchased through GoFan, one for those paying in cash, and one for those paying by card.

For more information visit www.tcaps.net/tcpatriotgame or contact the TC Central Athletic Office at 231.933.6575.

The TC Patriot Game is bigger than football

Take the biggest cross-town high school football rivalry in northern Michigan, add an event that honors active duty military, Veterans, first responders, and those from northern Michigan who recently died serving their country – and you have a game that attracts over 10,000 enthusiastic fans.

The TC Patriot Game invites active duty military, Veterans and first responders onto the field in a pre-game ceremony that honors their service and sacrifice. The names of those who have been killed in action are solemnly read aloud. 

This game began as a way to teach students and the community that men and women from northern Michigan are making a sacrifice every day to protect the freedoms that we enjoy.

Through the sale of commemorative t-shirts, students help to raise money to support a Veteran organization that works in northern Michigan. Student Senators from both schools (Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School) select one area Veteran group that will receive the proceeds. The group selected for the 2022 Patriot Game is External LinkMid-Michigan Honor Flight.

Active duty military, Veterans and first responders can attend the game for free. 

The TC Patriot Game – honoring northern Michigan heroes.

Past Recipients

The annual TC Patriot Game has raised thousands of dollars for area Veterans groups including:

2022 Mid-Michigan Honor Flight - TBD

2021 Reining Liberty Ranch - $10,760

2020 Celebrate Service  - No Fundraising due to COVID-19

2019 Veterans In Crisis - $24,000

2018 Warrior Sailing - $16,000

2017 22–2-None - $13,000

2016 Veteran To Veteran – $15,000

2015 Dogs in Honor - $10,000

2014 Reining Liberty Ranch - $5,000

2013 Grand Traverse Horses - 4 Heroes at Reining Liberty Ranch $13,000

2012 Operation American Soldier $9,000

TC Patriot Game T-Shirt Sales

One of the students’ most treasured keepsakes from the game each year is a commemorative TC Patriot Game t-shirt. Students love to wear their red or blue shirt to show their team spirit and show respect for those who sacrifice so much, or all, for others. This year, the Trojan fans will wear red shirts; the Titan fans will wear navy blue shirts. The cost for each is $10.

Knowing that the TC Patriot Game might be a little chillier than usual, a pre-sale of TC Patriot Game sweatshirts can be purchased here: External Linkhttps://www.threadscustomgear.com/your-store/tc-patriot-game-gear/ . T-shirts will not be sold online. This sweatshirt sale ends this Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

TC West T-shirts - October 17-20

Students: T-shirts are $10 dollars: student senate will sell shirts at all 3 lunches.
Community Fans: Traverse City West fans can purchase shirts by the school’s main entrance Monday (10/17) through Thursday(10/20), 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

TC Central T-shirts - October 17-20

Students: T-shirts are $10 dollars: student senate will sell shirts at all 3 lunches for students.
Community Fans: TC Central fans can get their shirts Monday (10/17) through Thursday (10/20), 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Main Entrance Atrium and in front of the Gymnasium. 

Any remaining shirts will be sold at the game.  

TC Patriot Game Ticket Sales
 

  • Tickets:  External Linkwww.GoFan.co
    Step 1: Search Traverse City Central
    Step 2: Filter by Category by selecting Football
    Step 3: Scroll down to Upcoming Events, Friday, October 21st 7pm and click "Get Tickets"

  • At the gate on game day
    $6 per ticket
    Tickets on sale Friday, October 21st beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    410 W Thirteenth St.
    Traverse City, MI 49684

TCAPS highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance at External Link www.GoFan.co. On game day, there will be three separate lines on the 13th and 14th Street entrances; one for pre-purchased through GoFan, one for those paying in cash, and one for those paying by card.

 

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday

Veterans, active military and first responders get in free.  Please use the rolling gate off 13th street for entry.  Please plan on joining us on the field at 6:45 p.m. in the East endzone for a short recognition ceremony, honor guard and national anthem from the TC Central marching band.

Honorary Captains for the game are Ensign Jake Tufts for the Trojans and Don Randall for the Titans. They will join the football captains on the field for the coin toss.

Ensign Tufts is an officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Prior to becoming an Officer, Ensign Tufts was a First Sergeant in the Michigan Air National Guard. In his twelve years of service to our country, he has been deployed a dozen times around the world including Middle East Operations; Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.

Don Randall is a 92-year-old Army Korean War Veteran. Don served in Korea in 1952. During his tour of duty Don was assigned to the 92nd Field Artillery Battalion. His specialty was firing the 155 self-propelled howitzers. Just before his tour of duty ended, he was assigned to Army Core Headquarters as a clerk.
Don is a Lifetime Member of VFW Post 2780 Traverse City and has served on the VFW Honor Guard since 1985.