Are you ready for some Burlington football?
This season marks the 50th Anniversary for Burlington Pop Warner and the home opener will be Saturday night, Sept. 22 and Sunday Sept. 23 at Varsity Field at Burlington High School.
Burlington Pop Warner will be hosting several special guests who speak during the opening ceremonies starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
There will also be lots of raffles throughout the weekend.
"We are expecting to see all parent/players/cheerleaders and staff at 5 p.m. on Saturday to help us kick off this very special season for our kids and also to support our program," a release from Burlington Pop Warner states. "All football players (on and off field) should wear the red home game shirts."
You will hear from and meet some exciting guests we will be hosting for the night:
- Bob "Monty" Montgomery - (former Boston Red Sox Catcher)
- Jermaine Wiggins - (former New England Patriots' Tight End)
- State Senator Ken Donnelly
- Josh Pruce - National Scholastics & Media Contact for National Pop Warner (Langhorne, Pennsylvania)
- Al Perillo, Pop Warner New England Region - President
- Joe Paniello, Pop Warner Eastern Mass. - President
- Ginger Perillo, Pop Warner, Eastern Mass. - Cheer Director
- Dave Colangelo, Pop Warner, Eastern Mass. - Treasurer & Scholastics Coordinator/Eastern Mass Board Member, Middlesex League Board Member and former BPW President (17 years)
- Domenic Ritucci, Pop Warner, Middlesex League - President
- Patti Catazano, Pop Warner, Middlesex League - Cheer Coordinator
- Ed Gillis, Athletic Director, Burlington High School
- Various Burlington Town Officials
Sports Authority will be sponsoring the event. Stop by their tent and enter to win raffle prizes that will be announced over the two-day home opener.
Raffle prizes include:
- "The Comcast SportsNet Unique Experience" - One lucky winner and a guest will be invited to tour the Comcast SportsNet studios in Burlington, MA and have a "meet and greet" with former New England Patriots Ty Law and Troy Brown as they get set to call their pre-game (or post-game) analysis of a New England Patriots game. You can even watch the taping live from Comcast SportsNet.
- "New England Patriots Gift Basket" - One lucky winner will win their choice of two New England Patriots Gift Baskets with either a Matt Light or Aaron Hernandez autographed football and stuffed with lots of New England Patriots giveaways!
- "Boston Red Sox Gift Basket" - One lucky winner will win a Red Sox Gift Basket featuring a framed, signed picture of Red Sox Pitcher Clay Buchholz and stuffed with lots of Boston Red Sox giveaways!
- "Boston Bruins Gift Basket" - One lucky winner will win a Boston Bruins Gift Basket featuring an official NHL puck sign by Boston Bruins Center Gregory Campbell and stuffed with lots of Boston Bruins giveaways!
There will also be raffling off a dinner for two at L'Andana - one of the area's fine restaurants as well as a $100 American Express Gift Card.
The Game Schedule for this weekend is as follows:
6:00 p.m. - D1 Burlington vs. D1 Melrose
7:30 p.m. - A Patriot Burlington vs. A Patriot Chelsea
8:00 a.m. - E Red Burlington vs. E1 Melrose
9:30 a.m. - D2 Burlington vs. D Triton
11:00 a.m. - C Burlington vs. C Melrose
12:30 a.m. - E White Burlington vs. E Saugus