Pittsburg and Topeka were the finalists for hosting the game and were asked to present proposals, but in the end, Pittsburg was selected. The Kansas Shrine Bowl is a non-profit charity raising funds and awareness for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The week long event will include a parade, visits to the Shriners Hospitals and a football game from the Kansas High School All Star Football Team. Representatives from the Crawford County Convention and Visiting Bureau say the event will have a big economic impact on the city.
"Which is going to attract about 7,000 to 8,000 fans from across the State of Kansas. The kids being here, all that total is about a $2 million economic impact on our community," said B.J. Harris, Crawford County Visitors Bureau Executive Director.
The Shrine Bowl will be held at Pittsburg State University on July 28, 2018. This will be the fifth time the game has been held in Pittsburg. The last time was in 2014.