Baseball team buys college football all-star game
The Casino del Sol College All-Star Game, ready to kick off its inaugural in Tucson, is now owned by the Tucson Padres, the baseball team announced Tuesday.
The college football showcase is scheduled for Jan. 16 at Kino Stadium. The Padres recently purchased the rights to the game from AZ Sports Group LLC, team general manager Mike Feder said in a press release.
"This game has a tremendous future in Tucson. It’s something we wanted to have an active role in for the benefit of the Tucson community," Feder said.
"It will create great awareness for Tucson and will fill a lot of hotel rooms. The economic benefit of this game will be substantial with the visit of over 100 college senior football players and staff and their families, over 50 NFL scouts, and media," he said.
The game was played as the Eastham Energy College All-Star Game in Tempe in 2011. Before that, the game was known as the Blue-Gray Football Classic and the Inta Juice North-South Game.
"It’s terrific that Mike Feder and his team have stepped in to ensure the community will be able to benefit from this game," said City Councilman Paul Cunningham.
From the release:
The Casino Del Sol All-Star Game will feature more than 90 of the nation’s best college football players. Former Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt and former Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill will lead the respective teams. The rosters will feature players from nationally known schools like Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Other coaches from the Tucson area will be assisting on the sidelines.
As the college bowl season continues, additional players will commit to play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game.