East meets West in annual Gridiron clash

Knights in Super Bowl curtain-raiser

Date posted

24 January 2019


Edinburgh Napier Knights will clash with Glasgow University Tigers in a curtain-raiser for the big Super Bowl match in the USA on Sunday February 3.

The annual Varsity match will kick off at 2.30pm at Edinburgh’s Meggetland Stadium.

The inter-city match – accompanied by a full programme of family entertainment – will see the teams compete for the MacKenzie’s Challenge Trophy.

Close up action shot of opposing teams clashing in American Football match

Photos by Nils Haertel and George Edwards

Edinburgh Napier Knights’ Head Coach Pete Laird said: “We hope this year’s East-West game will contain as much thrills and excitement as Gridiron fans have come to associate with this traditional pre-Super Bowl game.

“Sunday is the biggest day for exposure to American Football in the UK, and a fixture between ourselves and our Glasgow division rivals is sure to whet fans’ appetite for the Super Bowl later in the day.

“Last year’s game attracted over a thousand supporters and we encourage spectators to wear the Knights’ colours of red and black and to make as much noise as they possibly can.”

Entry to Meggetland is free for Under 16s and discounted for students. Spectators will be entertained by live music, a DJ and the Edinburgh Napier Panthers Cheer Squad. The university’s alumni association will host a VIP lounge, and the Knights’ youth team, aged 11 to 16, will also be playing prior to the game.

Gates open from 1pm in advance of the 2.30pm kick-off, and fans will be able to enjoy hot food, a barbeque and drinks at the clubhouse bar. Tickets are £5 for an adult and £3 for students with FREE ENTRY for Under 16s, and can be purchased in advance or on the gate.

Match tickets also include entry to the Knights’ Super Bowl party at the Three Sisters bar in the capital’s Cowgate from 8pm on Sunday (over 18s). This year’s big game features the New England Patriots taking on the L.A. Rams in Super Bowl LIII.