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Bold City Showcase returns with new format for 2021

W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc. to be title sponsor of the two-day event

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a year away, the Bold City Showcase is coming back bigger and better in 2021 as announced in a press conference on Thursday at Strings Sports Brewery.

The third annual W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc. Bold City Showcase will return as a two-day, three-game event on Aug. 27-28 at Skinner-Barco Stadium on the campus of The Bolles School.

“On behalf of all the employees of W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc., we are proud to support the Bold City Showcase as the title sponsor,” said Paul Jones, CEO of W.W. Gay. “We are looking forward to two days of great football to kick off the high school season in a big way with three exciting games that showcase some of the best student-athletes on the First Coast.”

The season opening event features three of the top matchups in the area – starting with West Nassau taking on Bolles on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. The Saturday matchups start at 3:30 p.m. with Ribault taking on Creekside followed by one of the premier rivalries in the region as Orange Park takes on Oakleaf.

All three games will be televised on Channel 4 (WJXT), with live streaming available through the News4JAX app and There will be coverage on Channel 4 News throughout the week leading up to the games and on both gamedays, as well.

“We are committed to being the Local Station for Northeast Florida and that continues by broadcasting a great event like the Bold City Showcase,” said Bob Ellis, Vice President and General Manager of WJXT Channel 4. “We have put an unparalleled focus on all local high school sports in our market. That will continue with this unique celebration of all things high school football which is one of our communities’ biggest passions. We are honored to broadcast this great event again this year.”

Launched in 2019, the goal of the Bold City Showcase is to create a new platform to elevate high school football throughout Northeast Florida. The Showcase was founded and is put on by High School 9:12, with proceeds going to help fund life skills and academic boot camps for deserving students in Duval County.

“We are so proud to bring the Bold City Showcase back this year and look forward to great crowds as we celebrate the start of the high school football season,” said Alan Verlander, Founder of High School 9:12 and President/CEO of Airstream Ventures. “To provide these student-athletes a chance to showcase their talents on television, thanks to our partners at Channel 4, we create an ideal experience for the student-athletes, fans, and coaches of each school participating in the event that they won’t forget.”

Last season, the Bolles Bulldogs (10-3) made their way all the way to the state finals, losing a closely fought game to Cardinal Gibbons, while West Nassau (4-7) lost in the first round of the state playoffs.

The opening game of Saturday features two teams looking to use the opener as the start of their rebound season. Creekside finished with a 5-5 record while Ribault posted a 3-7 mark.

In the nightcap, Orange Park will face Oakleaf in one of the premier rivalries in Clay County. Oakleaf lost in the first round of the state playoffs with a 7-3 record while Orange Park looks to kickoff a return to prominence after a 4-7 season.

Tickets are on sale now, with VIP tickets available for $40 – that includes a climate-controlled area to watch the game as well as food and drinks. General admission tickets are available each day for $10. Fans can get their tickets online at

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