The Mercyhurst and Gannon football teams have both agreed to renew the Battle for the Niagara Cup with a game on Thursday, October 17 at Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The decision was announced Wednesday at a press conference with both teams present at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Also in attendance was Merritt Holland-Spier, the Executive Director of the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter. ALS is commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease and the game between the two schools will be benefiting the cause. Spier said the money will go towards research and wheelchairs as well as other medical devices used in treatments and recoveries.
Ticket prices will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. $1 of that will go towards the ASL benefit. Mercyhurst and Gannon students will be admitted for free as well as kids under the age of 12 and grade school football players if they wear their jerseys.
Mercyhurst will be scheduled as the home team for the contest. The two teams haven’t met at Veterans Memorial Stadium since 1997. Mercyhurst won 35-18 as the “away” team.
The game will be the 17th one, with Mercyhurst leading the series, 10-5-1. Mercyhurst has won the Battle for the Niagara Cup five of the past nine times, including a 38-29 victory last season.
Also, before the game, the Romantic Era will be performing an acoustic concert.
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