TC Patriot Game

TC Central and TC West Football Annual Crosstown Game September 18th

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce that in light of recent changes to the rules regarding high school football this fall, the annual crosstown rivalry between the Traverse City Central High School Trojans and the Traverse City West Senior High School Titans will take place on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

Due to state-mandated requirements regarding attendance at events, the TC Patriot Game, which has been held in conjunction with the annual crosstown football game for the last nine years, is not able to be held this year. The state rules currently only allow for in-person attendance of 25 percent of a stadium’s capacity or a total cap of 500 people, whichever number is smaller. For the TC West vs. TC Central game, the 500 person limit means that the number of people in attendance will be limited to players, coaches, referees, two family members/attendees per varsity football player, the sideline cheer team, limited game workers, and members of the media.

“We do not feel that we can call it the TC Patriot Game this year because we are not able to invite our community’s Patriots, all of our students, or the community to attend the event in-person,” said TC Central Athletic Director Zac Stevenson. “That being said, we knew we wanted to do something to respect and recognize, especially during this pandemic, those who have served and continue to serve. To that end, this year's game has been named "Celebrate Service" and will include various virtual and televised tributes from TCAPS and our local media partners, until we are able to get back to the important community traditions that are the cornerstone of the TC Patriot Game."  

The school district, along with media partners WTCM Newstalk 580, TV 7&4 and 9&10 News, will “Celebrate Service” in the days leading up to and during the game and will broadcast the game for viewers to watch or listen to at home. In addition, performances by the Titan and Trojan marching bands will be prerecorded (the marching bands are unable to attend this year’s event in-person due to the state-mandated stadium capacity restrictions) and the school district will be collecting and sharing Veteran recognitions and community “thank yous” to our local service workers.

“Just like we are each experiencing every day in our own lives, the circumstances we are facing are constantly changing, so we have to be ready to adapt and make the best of our current situation,” said TC West Student Governor Olivia Stoerkel. "While we aren’t able to do the traditions of our typical TC Patriot Game, we knew we could still do something, and we want the community to know, now more than ever, that we have the highest respect for and celebrate the service of our Veterans, active duty, first responders and frontline workers."

One important tradition for students is the annual commemorative shirt sale. Although the majority of students are not able to attend this year’s game, they will still be able to have a keepsake of the game. "Especially for our senior class, this crosstown rivalry game has such great meaning for students," said Stoerkel. "A commemorative shirt is one tradition we were able to keep alive in the little more than one week we have had to plan for the event since the announcement of football’s return this fall.”  

Any member of the community wishing to submit a memorial or honorarium tribute to a Veteran, active duty service member, or first responder, should submit it, along with a photo, to info@tcaps.net or message TCAPS on Facebook. 

To order a game day shirt, visit: External Linkwww.threadscustomgear.com/your-store/tc-celebrate-service-game-shirts. T-shirts are $8 each. All orders must be placed by Monday, September 14th at 2:00 p.m. to have it by game day. Orders will need to be picked up from Threads Custom Gear (2488 Cass Rd., Traverse City) on Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Any orders placed after the Monday 2:00 p.m. deadline can be picked up the following Friday. 

Plans Underway for 9th Annual TC Patriot GameĀ 

Plans Underway for 9th Annual TC Patriot Game 

Tentative game day scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce the 9th Annual TC Patriot Game is currently scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020.

While uncertainty remains around exactly what fall sports or game day will look like due to COVID-19, student Senators from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School are planning to carry on the nearly decade-long tradition of honoring Veterans, active duty military, and first responders through the TC Patriot Game. 

Due to the current public health challenges as well as difficulty planning activities with certainty at this time, the 2020 Patriot Game will not focus on fundraising activities. Instead, the Senators have announced that they plan to include a special Salute to Service for front line workers and educators and to recognize the community-wide response efforts to COVID-19. 

 “A fundraising campaign does not feel appropriate at this time,” said Zac Stevenson, athletic director for Traverse City Central High School and this year’s game host. “A time to reflect, remember and celebrate the service of others, however, is something our team feels we all need.”

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 blue shirts.

The plan is for sale of the t-shirts, which will be sold at cost, to begin on the first day of school, which is scheduled for September 8, 2020. Shirts will be sold at Central High School and West Senior High School to students and staff. The public will be able to purchase the shirts online, and possibly other locations, to be announced closer to the sale date. 

The TC Patriot Game is the annual crosstown football game between the TC West Titans and TC Central Trojans. The well attended game offers an important opportunity to bring the community together to honor Veterans, first responders, active-duty military, and area heroes who have died while serving their country. In the event that people are unable to gather together at Thirlby Field this year, Senators from both schools will have an alternative plan to remember fallen heroes and celebrate Veterans and those who continue to serve.

Game day activities will be planned in accordance with state Executive Orders and MHSAA rules and guidelines, and will incorporate CDC, state and local health department guidance and best practices. Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

About the TC Patriot Game

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 while the U.S. Coast Guard does a helicopter fly-over.

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 sponsorships and 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) interview a variety of Veteran groups and select one that will receive the proceeds. The group selected for the 2019 Patriot Game was Veterans In Crisis. Veterans in Crisis works in 21 northern Michigan counties as a safety net when Veterans need emergency help. Learn more about them at External Linkwww.VeteransInCrisis.org.

Active duty military, Veterans and first responders can attend the game for free. They will also be guests at a free tailgate party that will be held in the parking lot of the State Police post on Fourteenth Street (across the street from the game.)

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:

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

T-Shirt Sales

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 blue shirts.

The plan is for sale of the t-shirts, which will be sold at cost, to begin on the first day of school, which is scheduled for September 8, 2020. Shirts will be sold at Central High School and West Senior High School to students and staff. The public will be able to purchase the shirts online, and possibly other locations, to be announced closer to the sale date. 

Buy T-Shirts Online - 2020 Information Coming Soon

2019 Patriot Game T-Shirts

T-shirts are available in two colors: TC Central (2020 Red) & TC West (2020 Blue)

T-shirts are available for $5: Several sizing options available
 

2019 T-Shirt Sales Information

Commemorative TC Patriot Game t-shirts are sold as a fundraiser to support a local Veteran's cause. The 2019 proceeds benefited Veterans in Crisis, an organization that dedicates money to help veterans who may be struggling to make rent payments, help with college tuition, electric bills, or lack of food. In 2018, the organization distributed over $18,000 to Veterans in need.

Game Tickets

TC Patriot Game Ticket Sales.

  • TC West Athletic Office
    $6 per ticket
    5376 N. Long Lake Road
    Traverse City, MI, 49685
    231.933.7780
    Dates/Hours: TBD
     
  • TC Central Athletic Office
    $6 per ticket
    1150 Milliken Dr.
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    231.933.8207
    Dates/Hours: TBD
     
  • At the gate on game day
    $6 per ticket
    Tickets on sale Friday, September 18th beginning at 4:00 p.m.
    410 W Thirteenth St.
    Traverse City, MI 49684

Game Day Schedule

2020 Schedule Coming Soon