Allen High School's new $60 million football facility, Eagle Stadium, will host a college football all-star game on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
The game is called "Texas vs. The Nation" and is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Southwest.
The game will feature some of the nation’s top college players looking to improve their hopes of being drafted by the NFL or other pro football league. Before calling Allen home, the game was played in both El Paso (Sun Bowl) and San Antonio (Alamodome) and has paved the way for more than 500 college players to sign NFL contracts since its beginning in 2007.
Mark Salmans, director of operations for the game, said over 515 players since the game began have at one time or another played in the NFL.
"205 are currently in NFL, 100 of whom have been drafted," he said.
Notable NFL players who participated in this game in the past include wide receivers Pierre Garcon of the Redskins and Johnny Knox of the Bears and cornerback Lardarius Webb of the Ravens.
The game was played during its first four years at the Sun Bowl (2007-2010) and the 2011 game was held in San Antonio. The group decided it wanted to move to Allen, so it took 2012 off while waiting for Allen's stadium to be completed.
"One reason Allen was so attractive was of its indoor practice facility," Salmans said. "We signed a five-year agreement to play the game here."
Dethrone Beverage, sports rehydrating drink, is a title sponsor. Other main sponsors include Russell Athletics and the ad campaign of "Don't Mess With Texas."
As for how the teams are divided in the game, the "Texas" squad will be comprised of players with ties to the state, either by college or having played at a high school in the state. Dan Buckner, a wide receiver at Arizona, will play on the Texas squad because he played his high school football at Allen.
Salmans jokingly says "Allen should be prepared for something big as 225 scouts will likely be at the game."
Visit texasvsthenation.com for more information, including how to order tickets.