The Racine Raiders will hold "Replacement Referee Night" at their next home game on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Historic Horlick Athletic Field in Racine, Wis. The Raiders will host the Roscoe Rush in the Mid-States Football League (MSFL) Western Conference Championship game which begins at 7:00 p.m. CDT.
The team will give anyone who comes dressed as a football official free admission into the game. The team encourages fans to be creative and family-friendly with their outfits. Any outfits deemed to be vulgar will not qualify for free admission. A few replacement referees will be selected to go on the field for a "Worst Call of the Night" contest.
"Fans are frustrated with the state of professional football right now," said Raiders president Matthew Snyder. "We want to give them a creative and fun outlet for their frustration."
The Raiders are also offering free admission to college students with a valid college identification card and youth football players wearing their team uniform that are accompanied by a paying adult.
"The Raiders have been offering quality, affordable, family-friendly entertainment at the minor league level for 60 years now," Snyder says. "We don't have the big names of the professional leagues but we have a quality product."
The Raiders (10-1 overall; 9-0 MSFL) host the Rush (9-2; 7-2), who have won the MSFL championship the past two seasons. The Raiders won the last meeting between the teams on August 15, 2012, 35-14.
The Racine Raiders are a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1953. The team has won seven National Championships with the most recent being in 2001. For more information on the Racine Raiders, please visit http://www.racineraiders.com.