The mystery surrounding where the Division II Super Bowl will take place is no more.
Monday saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic League confirm the bowl sites and times for all four divisions. To date, the only division with a confirmed matchup is Division II, with defending champion Cumberland squaring off against West Warwick.
The Clippers and Wizards will meet Sunday, Dec. 8 at Cranston Stadium. The kickoff is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by the Division I contest, which gets underway at high noon.
There were whispers that Tucker Field was mentioned as a possibility to serve as a Super Bowl site. Initially, the reasons appeared sound. The athletic complex recently unveiled a state-of-the-art turf surface that has been warmly received by the community.
In addition, there was talk about the league attempting to make the bowl games more geographically friendly – last year saw Cumberland play Woonsocket for the Division II crown at East Greenwich’s Carcieri Field. Yet once it was confirmed that the Clippers would face the Wizards, the vision of Tucker Field hosting the big game undoubtedly quickly faded.
If anything, Cranston Stadium represents an equidistant point between Cumberland and West Warwick, thus nixing the idea that one team has more of a territorial advantage over the other.
“Cranston Stadium is a nice venue,” stated Cumberland Athletic Director Frank Geiselman when reached Monday.
Both the Division III and IV Super Bowls will take place at Carcieri Field. The Division III game is first up at 12 p.m. followed by the Division IV contest at 3.
The Division I and II Super Bowls will be streamed live on the RIIL Network and tape-delayed by Cox Sports while the Division III and IV Super Bowls will be streamed live on the RIIL Network.
Geiselman noted that Super Bowl tickets will not be sold at the high school. They can, however, be purchased by visiting riil.org. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
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