The first home football game of the season is here as Hartland faces off against Ann Arbor Skyline tonight at 7 p.m.
And this year, high school students will not only have the weekly games to get excited about, but also a Pre-Game event that will take place before every home football game.
According to principal Ben Mainka, Pre-Game was designed to give Hartland high school students a place to hang out together in a more organized way.
“It’s an effort to give students an opportunity to have fun and have some school spirit,” he said.
Located in the high school courtyard, Pre-Game’s will start at 5:45 p.m. before home football games and students will be able to enjoy music, games, free food and giveaways.
Also, in an effort to help increase school spirit, students at the Pre-Game event will be able to march with a Hartland Pride banner onto the field and then create a tunnel for the team to run through.
“It should be a way to build more of a sense of community,” Mainka said. “The kids will have their own thing – that this is what we do before games.”
The Eagles are ready to start the season, according to Mainka, who is predicting a win tonight, and is encouraging students and their families to come out and support the team.
“It’s a great way to start the year on a great note,” Mainka said. “We’re going to have a celebration of the school year and it’s an opportunity for students to get back and see their friends before the first day of school.”
For the younger football fans, tonight’s game is also HAYAA Night and will include face painting and other activities for the younger kids.