Two major football events to bring economic boost to Shreveport

(WMC Action News 5)
Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Two major sporting events will soon take place in Shreveport, bringing an economic boost to the city.

“Here in Shreveport-Bossier we love our sports. Especially our football,” said Stacy Brown, president of Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

The 2022 Battle on the Border XI Matchups will be held on Sept. 2-3 at Independence Stadium. The showcase features top high school football teams from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The battle consists of four games over two days.

Battle on the Border game schedule:

Friday, Sept. 2

  • 7:30 p.m. - Denton Ryan High vs. Bryant High School

Saturday, Sept. 3

  • 11 a.m. - Scotlandville High vs. McAlester High School
  • 3 p.m. - Cedar Creek High vs. Glenbrook High School
  • 7:30 p.m. - Huntington High School vs. Mansfield High School

“We expect to have about 1,000 room nights or more with the teams, as well as the people traveling with them which would provide about a $300,000-$350,000 impact for Battle on the Border,” said Brown.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m., the Shreveport Classic returns to Independence Stadium. This year, Grambling State University and Northwestern State University’s football teams will be going head-to-head.

The classic began in 1911 and has not been played since 2016!

“We do expect the economic impact for that game to be about $450,000-$500,000 for our community. That’s people traveling from outside the area to our area, spending money, going to the restaurants, spending money going to the hotels,” said Brown.

To buy tickets to the Battle on the Border Matchups, click here. Tickets, prepaid parking, and tailgate space for Shreveport Classic can be purchased, here.