Football Season Starts TONIGHT as Dublin Hosts Washington

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The 2023-2024 season gets underway TONIGHT (Friday, August 25th) for the Dublin High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Football teams as they host Washington High School of Fremont. The Junior Varsity game starts at 4:30 while the Varsity game kicks off at 7:00.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Students with ASB stickers will get in for free along with those who have purchased a Digital Sports Pass from the Dublin High Athletic Boosters. Digital Sports Passes will allow for admission to all home events and can be purchased here.

Although there will be QR codes at the entrance gate, fans without ASB stickers or Digital Sports passes are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the gate. The GoFan ticket link to purchase tickets can be found here.

For those unable to attend in person, they can watch the live-stream on the Dublin High Athletic Department’s YouTube Channel “Dublin Gaels Live“. All regular season athletic events taking place in the Stadium and Sports Complex throughout the year will be live-streamed on “Dublin Gaels Live” with limited exceptions for those where alternative broadcasting options have been arranged such as TV30.

Tonight also marks the debut of Dublin High’s brand new scoreboard at the Stadium. The new board was installed this week by Digital Scoreboards and will run on software powered by ScoreVision with similar capabilities to the video board that was previously installed in the Sports Complex.

Other features to look forward to this evening include the traditional pre-game Varsity walk-up directly into the Stadium as the Varsity Football team, Irish Guard Marching Band and Color Guard, and Dublin High Cheerleaders all process in together just before the start of the game. It is expected that there will be a full contingent of the “Gael Force” as well, which is one of the largest and most boisterous student sections in the entire Bay Area. They will be doing a lot to pump up the crowd alongside one of the most active bands and cheerleading squads which combined have nearly 200 students.

Tonight’s special guest to lead the coin toss is Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-14), a Dublin High Class of 1999 graduate who was the Kicker on the Football team. Representative Swalwell was also a stellar goalie on the Gaels’ Soccer team who earned a scholarship at Campbell University for his efforts, and he finished his career playing Tennis as well.

The halftimes of both the JV and Varsity game will feature performances of the Cheer squads, and the Varsity Halftime will also include a special recognition of the Dublin Little League Junior squad that were championships for District 57, Section 3, and Northern California while also defeating the champs from Southern California to advance all of the way to the Western Regional Finals. The team consists almost entirely of current Freshmen students at Dublin High School.

Although it is a night for celebration, on a much sadder note there will also be moments of silence before the start of both the JV and Varsity games in honor of Tyler Wang. Tyler was on the Freshmen Football team at the start of last season before being diagnosed with leukemia. He tragically passed away over the summer at the age of 15. His family will be present and walk out as “honorary captains” before the start of the JV game, and the initials “TW” will be affixed to the team’s helmets in honor and memory of Tyler.

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