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Globe Life Field to Host High School Football Rivalry


Globe Life Field mid-transition from a baseball field to a football field. | Image by the Dallas Renegades

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Globe Life Field will host its first football game on Oct. 22, 2021. In a classic Texas football rivalry match, Duncanville High School faces off against Cedar Hill High School. The schools compete in the District 11-6A football conference. Duncanville is currently ranked number 1, while Cedar Hill is ranked number 2 according to MaxPreps.

Globe Life Field opened in 2020 as the home of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team. The stadium has been used for concerts and rodeos, but this will be the first-ever football game. The in-house Rangers marketing agency, REV Entertainment said the football field will be arranged to sit from left field to first base.

The field is one of only five synthetic turf baseball fields in the nation. The synthetic surface makes it reasonably easy to change the field from a baseball configuration to a football field. The field was changed this week ahead of the announcement.

The high-powered high school game will play prior to the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic presented by USAA game scheduled for Nov. 6. The game will feature the U.S. Airforce Academy against the U.S. Military Academy.

“We are excited that the first football game at Globe Life Field will feature two of the area’s top high school teams in Duncanville and Cedar Hill,” said Sean Decker, President of REV Entertainment. “This important regular season matchup will be a great preview to our first college game in this facility.”

In recent years, the Duncanville Panthers have been excelling with two State Championship appearances and a State Semi-Finals match. Head coach Reggie Samples has his team at 5-1 with the only loss on the season against Mater Dei, a nationally top-ranked campus in California. The Panthers defeated Waxahachie 52-3 last Friday.

Cedar Hill finished 2020 with a 12-2 record and high hopes going into 2021. They currently sit at 4-3 coming off a devastating shutout loss to hometown rival DeSoto this week. The Longhorns’ two other losses were against Allen and Rockwall.

“This is always a big district match up, and we are excited to play at a great venue,” Head Coach Carlos Lynn said in an email. “Should be lots of fun for the athletes and fans.”

The game is currently set for a kick-off time of 7:30 pm on Friday, October 22. Cedar Hill will be the home team for the inaugural football game under the bright lights of Globe Life Field.

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