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ABILENE – The Abilene High Eagles and Cooper Cougars meet tonight in the 60th edition of the Crosstown Showdown at Shotwell Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Each team enters the game 0-1 after losses last week to Odessa Permian (Cooper) and Amarillo Tascosa (Abilene High). This will be Abilene High’s final game before taking next week off and then beginning District 2-6A play against longtime rival San Angelo Central in San Angelo. Cooper, meanwhile, will host Wylie next week before beginning District 3-5A play on Oct. 16 when it hosts Justin Northwest in the Cougars’ Homecoming contest.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be on sale at the One AISD Center (241 Pine St.) until 12 p.m. today, and then will be on sale at the stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets purchased before noon today will be $8 for adults and $4 for students, while tickets purchased at the gate will be $10 for adults and students alike.

Because of state and UIL guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, seating capacity at Shotwell Stadium is limited to around 5,700 seats this season. However, once seats are taken for bands and other entities, seating for fans will be limited to about 5,100 seats.

Fans must remember that masks are required on AISD campuses and in its facilities, and the district is asking fans to comply with that guideline at Shotwell Stadium. Fans are also asked to remember to stay socially distanced and don’t sit on seats that are marked with an “X.”

As a reminder, high school students must have their school-issued ID and a ticket to enter the stadium, while middle school and elementary students must have a ticket and be accompanied by a parent or adult with a ticket.

For fans who can’t make it to Shotwell Stadium, they will be able to watch the game online at the following links: or