Nebraska Shrine Bowl will stay in Kearney through at least 2024

Nebraska Shrine Bowl will stay in Kearney through at least 2024
The Nebraska Shrine Bowl, which has been played annually since 1958, has donated more than $2 million to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

The Shrine Bowl senior all-star football game will stay in Kearney through 2024.

Dave MacDonald, the bowl’s executive director, said Kearney’s five-year bid was accepted last week. The city has hosted the game at UNK’s Cope Stadium since 2014.

“We are extremely thrilled to return to Kearney for another five years. We were humbled by the amount of interest expressed to host the Shrine Bowl’s weekend of activities and wish to express our thanks to the other great Nebraska communities that submitted applications for candidate city consideration,” MacDonald said in a press release.

The Shrine Bowl has been played every year since 1958, pitting seniors in a game between the North and South. The 61st annual Shrine Bowl will be June 1 in Kearney.

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