PITTSBURG — A recent announcement from the Kansas Shrine Bowl has Pittsburg football fans celebrating. The Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced Monday that the Shrine Bowl would be returning to Pittsburg in 2022.

This announcement continues the tradition — which began in 2002 — of Pittsburg hosting the Shrine Bowl.

In a release from the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Director Devin Gorman told the Shrine Bowl board the game was an important and highly anticipated event for local residents and businesses.

“Residents and businesses anticipate the Shrine Bowl's return to historic Carnie Smith Stadium every four years, just as if it were the Olympics or FIFA World Cup,” Gorman said. "They ask about it, they want to know when it is, and they want to know how they can help."

The residents aren't the only ones excited to see the Shrine Bowl return. Pittsburg State University Senior Athletic Director, Nate Davis said in a release that PSU is ready for 2022.

"We love welcoming these high school standouts and their families to our campus and our community," Davis said. "Our first class facilities and outstanding staff will allow the students to enjoy the full Shrine Bowl experience."

Kansas Shrine Bowl Executive Director, B.J. Harris said Pittsburg has been a “great partner” for the Shrine Bowl.

"We are excited to return to Pittsburg, it's been a great partner of the Kansas Shrine Bowl since 2002 and we're thrilled to head back to Carnie Smith Stadium in 2022," said Harris.

Since its beginning in 1973, the football game has been the primary fundraiser of the Kansas Shriners, sending more than $2 million to Shriners Hospitals for Children.