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Crosstown Showdown

What is the Showdown

The Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown is the largest and longest running event of its kind in the United States.  The season-opening high school football showcase, which first kicked off in 1998, was designed to provide a center stage for the premier programs in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. 

And what a stage it has provided,  as almost a half million fans have watched Showdown games! 

The Showdown has become an integral part of the Cincinnati sports fabric, so much so that some of the more ardent fans will even adjust their schedules to ensure they don’t miss the Showdown.  Literally. 

In 2002, St. Xavier fan Amy Scheidt planned her parent’s 50-year wedding anniversary celebration around the Showdown so that no one in the family would miss the Bombers’ 10-7 victory over Sycamore! 

The reason for such passion is the strength of Cincinnati’s communities.  Of course, the quality of football being played doesn’t hurt either.  It makes for an unbeatable combination for fans and event partners. 

Who will help write this year’s Showdown story?

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsors


Official Bank/ Volunteer Sponsor

Participating Sponsors

 Mercy Health Time Warner Cable Sports  

Skyline ChiliMercy Health Orthopaedics & Sports MedicineFirst Financial BankMeijerDr PepperTime Warner Cable SportsBSN SportsMaxPreps.comWLWT-TV/Blitz5EnquirerFox Sports Ohio96Rock