By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
U.S. college and professional football may be in the off-season right now but that does not mean expats don’t have the opportunity to see a football game live.
The seventh annual Tropic Bowl will be held this Saturday beginning at noon in Ernesto Rohrmoser Stadium. The stadium is located in the Pavas district of San José, according to organizers. Athletes Without Borders, American Football in CR, Costa Rica Gurus and the Hotel & Casino Taormina in Barrio Amón are sponsoring the event.
Event organizers said that the feature game, Tropic Bowl VII, will have the Northeast All-Stars, a U.S. team labeled as semi-professional and consisting of 25 players from the United States, facing off against the Costa Rica All-Stars team.
The roster for the Costa Ricans is comprised of players from teams that participated in the 2017 Asociación de Equipos de Football Americano’s regular season. The event is free of charge.
The Tropic Bowl will also play host to an open training clinic followed by a youth and the women’s full-contact exhibition games.
The clinic includes instructions on tackling, drill, stances, ball handling, conditioning and 40-yard relay race with footballs, representatives from Athletes Without Borders said. The event is expected to finish around 8 p.m.
The group also said that the Tropic Bowl is the longest-standing, internationally friendly and annual American football event in Costa Rica. Rohrmoser Stadium is located only a few blocks from the U.S. Embassy complex in Pavas.
More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page