The Chesapeake Classic, the high school football all-star game that for the past six summers has pitted a team of graduated seniors from Maryland against a team from Northern Virginia, has a new name and a new venue.
Now called the Super 44, the game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 24 at W.T. Woodson in Fairfax. The game, formerly played at Maryland's Byrd Stadium, has not been played on a high school field nor in Virginia.
The Super 44 site will alternate between Northern Virginia and Maryland, said new game director Bob Geoghan, who founded the Capital Classic basketball game. Geoghan took over the football event after Chesapeake Classic founder Jerry Franks stepped down.
The game was not well-attended at the 48,000-seat Byrd Stadium, Geoghan said. W.T. Woodson seats about 10,000.
"You put 5,000 to 10,000 people in Byrd Stadium, and it just doesn't cut it for atmosphere," Geoghan said. "We want a place to be rocking. That's what high school football is all about -- playing in a high school facility."
The 44-player rosters for the 1999 game have not been finalized. Steve Harward of C.M. Wright High School is coaching the Maryland team. Joe Muskett, who coached at Lee High School last season but was recently named coach at McLean, will lead the Virginia team.