6/8/99
Concordia Moorhead Sports Information
Jerry Pyle, pyle@cord.edu
Cobber Home Page: http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/
PH 218-299-3194 FAX 218-299-4189
Concordia College, 901 S 8th St, Moorhead Minnesota, 56562Click for a larger version of the Power Bowl Logo

For Release at 4:00 June 8, 1999

Concordia vs Moorhead State football games will be the "Power Bowl"

This year's annual football opener between Concordia College and Moorhead State University will be the "Power Bowl."

Two area energy companies, Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services, Sioux Falls, S.D., have signed a three year agreement with the two Moorhead schools to sponsor this traditional kickoff to fall in the Red River Valley.  The Power Bowl will continue to take place in conjunction with Moorhead's fall ValleyFest activities.

This year's Power Bowl will be at Concordia, September 4th, with a 1:35 start. Concordia leads this 79 year old series 44-20-12. Over the past seven years Concordia has won three times and Moorhead State four, including the Dragons' 41-26 win last year at Moorhead State.

Joint statement by Concordia's athletic director, Dr. Armin Pipho, and Moorhead State athletic director, Dr. Katy Wilson:

"We are extremely pleased with the new sponsorship of this exciting athletic event. The people from Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services have been excellent to work with in shaping this sponsorship. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.

"We greatly appreciate the efforts of the several other area firms that pursued sponsorship of this event and hope that we will have an opportunity to work with them in other ways.

"Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services put together a very attractive financial and promotional package for this game."


Statement by Bill Schwandt, General Manager, Moorhead Public Service:

"Moorhead Public Service has been part of this community for 103 years. The Power Bowl, and its accompanying ValleyFest, provide additional ways for us to support this vibrant community. We, along with Missouri River Energy, are pleased to partner with some of our largest energy customers to bring this event to the community.

"Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy look forward to a long and productive partnership with Concordia College and Moorhead State University in bringing the Power Bowl to the community."
 

Statement by Tom Heller, Chief Executive Officer, Missouri River Energy Services:
 
"One of our goals at Missouri River Energy is to support all the communities in which we have a partnership with local electric suppliers.  Consumer-owned utilities like Moorhead Public Service are the hometown team, uniquely involved in their communities. We see the Power Bowl, and its accompanying ValleyFest, as a way to support our communities and their large energy customers. Missouri River Energy is proud to be a partner in the Power Bowl."
Other information:

A "Power Surge of the Game" award, along with a $500 donation to scholarships, will be presented to the team that turns in the best play of the game at this year's Power Bowl.

There will also be awards for the most Electrifying Offensive Player and Electrifying Defensive Player Of The Game.

Moorhead Public Service is a consumer-owned electric and water utility, serving Moorhead. Moorhead Public Service receives no taxpayer dollars. Similar to other utilities, they provide energy products and services to their customers. Their activities are financed through the revenues generated by the energy and services they sell.

Missouri River Energy Services, based in Sioux Falls, supplies 34 percent of Moorhead Public Service's electricity, as well as energy to more than 50 other utilities in Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Iowa.

The sponsorship of the "Power Bowl" by Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services follows 15 years of sponsorship of this game, previously known as the Crystal Bowl, by Crystal Sugar of Moorhead.

The Power Bowl sponsors will be sending information to area television stations in the next few weeks regarding the opportunity to broadcast the event on television.  Concordia and Moorhead State will continue to broadcast the game on radio by way of their respective season long contracts with local radio stations.

Other components of the sponsorship and promotional activities regarding the Power Bowl, including the traveling trophy and Power Bowl logo, will be announced later this summer.

1999 Concordia Football schedule:
H/A Date  Opponent          Day
H  9/4   Moorhead St. 1:35  Sat. Power Bowl
H  9/18  Bethel       1:00  Sat. Family Weekend
 A 9/25  Carleton     1:00  Sat.
 A 10/2  Hamline      1:00  Sat.
H  10/9  St. Olaf     1:00  Sat. Homecoming
 A 10/16 St. John's   1:00  Sat.
H  10/23 Gustavus     1:00  Sat.
 A 10/30 Macalester   1:00  Sat.
H  11/5  St. Thomas   8:00  Fri. @ Fargodome
 A 11/12 Augsburg     2:00  Fri. @ Metrodome, Mpls

1999 Moorhead St. Football Schedule
SEP  4 CONCORDIA COLLEGE AWAY 1:30
SEP 11 NORTH DAKOTA STATE AWAY 7:00
SEP 18 WINONA STATE HOME 1:30
SEP 25 UM CROOKSTON AWAY 1:30
OCT  2 UM DULUTH AWAY 2:00
OCT  9 WAYNE STATE HOME 1:30 Homecoming
OCT 16 BEMIDJI STATE AWAY 1:30
OCT 23 UM MORRIS HOME 1:30
OCT 30 SOUTHWEST STATE HOME 1:30
NOV  6 NORTHERN STATE AWAY 1:30
NOV 14 UW OSHKOSH H.H.H. METRODOME 11:00
 

For additional information contact
Jerry Pyle, SID, Concordia College, 218-299-3194
Larry Scott, SID, Moorhead State, 218-236-2113
Carol Renner, Director of Communications and Government relations, Moorhead Public Service, 218-299-5407

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