LAS VEGAS – More than 100 of the nation’s top college football seniors next year will be invited to showcase their talents in the Las Vegas All-American Classic on Saturday, January 17, 2004, according to Darry Alton, founder and president of the game.
The game, formerly known as the Paradise Bowl in St. George, Utah, for its first two years, is being moved to Las Vegas to be played in the Sam Boyd Stadium. Alton said that his plan was to start the game in a smaller market and grow the game until it was time to move to a larger stadium, to a resort area that will entice the best players to attend and to a city that can entertain tens of thousands of college football fans visiting from around the country.
“With the recent stamp of approval by Las Vegas Events and the tremendous response from other local sponsors, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to make the move and the perfect opportunity to grow the Classic into something more than just an all-star game,” said Alton, “We want to grow it into a major event for college and professional football fans and athletes.”
The game started out two years ago as an Intermountain region all-star game and last January was expanded to match the West players against the Midwest– with players from UNLV, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Utah and others against Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky and others. The next game in Las Vegas will be comprised of the top players from all major football conferences around the country.
With more than 100 of the top senior college football players for the 2004 game, the Las Vegas All-American Classic will be the largest collection of all-star talent among all similar postseason games according to Alton.
“We will attract some of the top college football seniors next year, from the SEC, Big East, ACC, Big 10, PAC 10, C-USA and the local players from Mountain West and WAC Conference schools,” Alton said, “and they will be very excited to come to Las Vegas to display their talents to more than 200 NFL talent scouts.”
The game will be televised throughout the country on Fox Sports Net to a potential audience of 50 million viewers.
Kickoff time and ticket prices are yet to be determined. Tickets will go on sale later this year.
Coaches for the game are selected from NFL Europe teams.