‘It’s a big’ thing: ‘Roosevelt, the Garfield football teams are fighting in the East LA Classic

The long-running rivalry over East Los Angeles football supremacy between Roosevelt High School and Garfield High School returns Friday night after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By some called the “Super Bowl” in East Los Angeles, the game had drawn as many as 20,000 spectators in the past, but the pandemic forced the rivalry’s first interruption since World War II.

Roosevelt High School Rough Riders, from Boyle Heights, and Garfield High School Bulldogs, from East Los Angeles, will in part play to take home the coveted East LA Classic Trophy.

But this year’s game also represents a return to normalcy after the pandemic left its devastating mark on society.

“Our community in East Los Angeles, it was just decimated, decimated,” said Lorenzo Hernandez, Garfield’s head coach. LAist. “It was awful. It was just phone call after phone call, having to deal with people who are suffering.”

This year’s East LA Classic begins at 7pm at Weingart Stadium on the campus of East LA College, located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez.

Tickets will cost $ 13, and proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result will be required to participate.

“It’s a big old thing, it’s a big old thing… Everyone has been doing it for quite some time with their families… It’s beautiful. It’s amazing, ”Garfield High School graduate Christopher Moran told KTLA.

Really long time actually. LAisten reported that the first game between these two schools took place almost a century ago, in 1925.

Garfield has won the last seven matchups, but anything can happen in this rival game.

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