This will be the first time in Bowl Game history that the game has been played at a time other than early afternoon.
Richard Ellis of Lebanon, the President of the Board of Governors, said, “The Board is sincerely grateful to Dartmouth College for not only hosting the 2013 game at its beautiful stadium, but allowing us to play the game as an evening game. This change should certainly help our attendance and the amount of money we’re able to raise for the Shrine Hospitals.”
The traditional Pre-Game Shrine Parade is expected to still be held at 12 noon.
“Dartmouth is extremely proud to be hosting the Shrine Game for the 50th time,” said Dartmouth athletics director Harry Sheehy, “and we hope that the later start time will help make it one of the most successful events in its history. It is truly an honor to partner with the Shriners in support of such a great cause.”
Of the 30 Shrine Football games played every year across the country, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl ranks third in terms of money raised for the Shriners Hospitals. The event is sponsored by the three Shrine Centers of New Hampshire and Vermont — Bektash (Concord, N.H.), Cairo (Rutland, Vt.) and Mt. Sinai (Montpelier, Vt.) and has raised over $4.5 million since it was first played in Nashua in 1954.
The Shriners Hospitals provide care to children up to the age of 18 with special health care needs, and conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of the children and their families.
Vermont and New Hampshire, the latter of which leads the all-time series 44-13-2, each select 36 of the top graduated high school senior football players from their respective states to square off on the gridiron every year since the game’s inception. More than 4,000 players have participated in the event, of which about two-thirds still live in the Twin States.