Anticipation and emotion are high for New Albany’s season opener tonight. Taking on Ripley in the school’s “Maroon Madness game,” the event will have a different look as the team honors the late Amanda Price.
The traditional maroon will be put aside for the evening, and the New Albany football boosters have sold purple shirts and are encouraging fans to sport that color for the game. On the back of the shirt is a tribute to Price, “This one’s for you AP.”
“This is our first game without Amanda, who was a huge fan and loved the game,” New Albany athletic director Shane Sanderson said. “We hope to see everyone taking part in purple madness and flood out the stadium in honor of someone who was so special to us.”
Along with the t-shirts, the team will have a purple ribbon on the back of their helmets, and the school will have that same ribbon painted on the field. Going with its theme “Standing Strong Together,” this season’s football program features a picture of Head Coach Ron Price with the seniors, showing unity by interlocking arms at Kitchens’ Field. At the bottom of the cover, designed by Lance Moore, is a purple ribbon with Amanda Price’s initials.
The Ripley game is also tagged as WTVA Friday Night Fever’s game of the week.
As part of the program’s 25th anniversary, the station will have various live shots from the school throughout the day, beginning with its morning show.
“It’s wonderful what they’re doing, and we’re thrilled to have been chosen as the first school they do this at,” Sanderson said.
Each week, the station’s morning show will broadcast from the home team’s school, as well as a weather segment for the noon newscast, a live shot for the 5 p.m. newscast and interviews with the coaches for both teams will take place during the 6 p.m. newscast.
This evening’s game against Ripley is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Kitchens’ Field.