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OHSAA gives update on Basketball State Tournaments


News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.


www.OHSAA.org twitter.com/OHSAASports facebook.com/OHSAA

 

For Immediate Release – March 16, 2017

 

Girls basketball tips off Thursday afternoon and boys basketball single-session tickets go on sale

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Single-session tickets for next week’s OHSAA boys basketball state tournament go on sale Thursday morning at the Schottenstein Center and Ticketmaster.com (search OHSAA). All-session ticket books and other special offers, including the Center Court Club, remain on sale (see below).

 

The 42nd annual OHSAA girls basketball state tournament tips off Thursday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. The schedule, live radio, live stats and more coverage is at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlsbasketball/2017/2017-gbk-coverage

 

The 95th annual OHSAA boys basketball state tournament begins next Thursday morning. This week’s regional pairings and upcoming state tournament coverage can be found at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/boysbasketball/2017/2017-bbk-coverage

 

Boys Basketball Tickets

For the OHSAA boys basketball state tournament, tickets available now include single-session tickets, all-session ticket books (12 games) in the Entry Level, Club Level, Terrace Level and in the Center Court Club. Single-session ticket prices are $15 each for the Entry and Club Levels and $12 for the Terrace Level. All-session ticket books are $144 for the Entry and Club Levels or $120 for the Terrace Level. The limited quantity Center Court Club tickets, which cost $498 per book, are located very close to the court and also give fans the opportunity to remain in the arena between games in a special hospitality area.

 

Boys Basketball “Four Pack” Offer

Two special “Four Pack” ticket offers will be available for the boys basketball state tournament. The first special is for “Championship Saturday” that includes a ticket to each of the four championship games in the Terrace Level for $36. The second special includes four tickets together in the Terrace Level for any of the 12 games for $36 (a savings of $3 per ticket).

 

Schottenstein Center Ticketes, Suites and RV Parking Available

Fans interested in watching the state tournaments from a suite inside the Schottenstein Center can contact Justin Doyle at doyle.106@osu.edu for pricing and availability. Overnight RV parking will be available for $25 per day in the Buckeye Lots north of the Schottenstein Center.

 

ONLINE INFORMATION: http://www.ohsaa.org/TheSchott

 

In addition to Ticketmaster.com and the Schottenstein Center box office, state tournament tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores) or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Service charges apply when ordering tickets through Ticketmaster and can be avoided by purchasing tickets directly at the Schottenstein Center box office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

State Tournament TV and Radio Coverage

Spectrum Sports is the official television partner of the OHSAA and will televise the girls and boys basketball state championship games live. In addition, every game from the girls and boys state tournaments will be streamed live at http://www.myspectrumsports.com/ for Spectrum subscribers. The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast every game of the girls and boys state tournaments. Details are posted at: http://ohsaa.org/news/radio which includes the link to listen to every game. Stations can contact Tim Stried for information about affiliate options.

 

42nd Annual OHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament – March 16-18 at the Schottenstein Center

March 16: 1:00-Division II semifinals (doubleheader session); 6:00-Division IV semifinals (doubleheader session);

March 17: 1:00-Division III semifinals (doubleheader session); 6:00-Division I semifinals (doubleheader session);

March 18: 10:45-Division II final; 2:00-Division IV final; 5:15-Division III final; 8:30-Division I final.

 

95th Annual OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament – March 23-25 at the Schottenstein Center

March 23: 10:45-Division II semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division IV semifinal; 8:30-Division IV semifinal

March 24: 10:45-Division III semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division I semifinal; 8:30-Division I semifinal;

March 25: 10:45-Division II final; 2:00-Division IV final; 5:15-Division III final; 8:30-Division I final.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA INFORMATION SERVICES

 

OHSAA announces Girls & Boys State, Regional Basketball Tournament Pairings

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.

 

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For Immediate Release – March 12, 2017

 

OHSAA Basketball State and Regional Tournament Pairings

Girls basketball state tournament and boys basketball regional tournament information announced

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The pairings for the 42nd Annual OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament were finalized Sunday, along with the boys basketball regional tournament pairings. The girls basketball state tournament tips off Thursday afternoon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.

 

State Tournament Tickets

Ticket information for the OHSAA’s state tournaments at the Schottenstein Center is posted at  http://www.ohsaa.org/TheSchott – which includes all-session and single-session tickets, special group ticket offers and information about suites and RV parking.

 

State Tournament TV and Radio Coverage

Spectrum Sports is the official television partner of the OHSAA and will televise the girls and boys basketball state championship games live. In addition, every game from the girls and boys state tournaments will be streamed live at http://www.myspectrumsports.com/ for Spectrum subscribers. The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast every game of the girls and boys state tournaments. Details are posted at: http://ohsaa.org/news/radio which includes the link to listen to every game. Stations can contact Tim Stried for information about affiliate options.

 

Basketball State Tournament Coverage

Girls: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlsbasketball/2017/2017-gbk-coverage

Also see below for girls basketball state tournament pairings.

Boyshttp://www.ohsaa.org/sports/boysbasketball/2017/2017-bbk-coverage

Also see below for boys basketball regional tournament pairings.

 

Media Advisory – Winter State Tournaments Information

http://www.ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/ArtMID/2006/ArticleID/119/MEDIA-ADVISORY-OHSAA-Winter-Tournaments-Information

 

2017 Girls Basketball State Tournament Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Rankings are From Associated Press Final State Poll.

All games played at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio

 

Division II

No. 1 Ottawa-Glandorf (27-0) vs. No. 2 Kettering Archbishop Alter (26-2), Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (17-10) vs. Washington C.H. Miami Trace (24-4), Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

State Final: Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

 

Division IV

No. 4 Waterford (24-3) vs. Jackson Center (23-4), Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

No. 7 Ottoville (24-3) vs. No. 1 Berlin Hiland (27-1), Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

State Final: Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

 

Division III

No. 10 Gates Mill Gilmour Academy (22-5) vs. No. 4 Columbus Africentric (25-3), Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Winchester Eastern (26-1) vs. Versailles (25-3), Friday at 3:00 p.m.

State Final: Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

 

Division I

Canton McKinley (23-5) vs. Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (24-4), Friday at 6:00 p.m.

No. 1 Newark (28-0) vs. No. 10 Toledo Notre Dame Academy (25-3), Friday at 8:00 p.m.

State Final: Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

2017 Boys Basketball Regional Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Rankings are From Associated Press Final State Poll.

 

Division I

Region I – Akron/Toledo

No. 5 Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (24-2) vs. Elyria (21-4) at Univ. of Toledo, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

No. 4 Massillon Jackson (24-2) vs. Medina (18-7) at Univ. of Akron, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Univ. of Akron, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 2 – Cleveland

Uniontown Lake (19-6) vs. Garfield Heights (21-4) at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

Lakewood St. Edward (21-5) vs. Mentor (21-5) at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 3 – Columbus

No. 2 Pickerington Central (24-2) vs. Cols. St. Charles (24-2) at Ohio Dominican University, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Pickerington North (20-6) vs. No. 6 Upper Arlington (24-2) at Ohio Dominican University, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Ohio Dominican University, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 4 – Dayton

No. 12 Mason (21-2) vs. No. 1 Cin. Archbishop Moeller (25-0) at Wright State University Nutter Center, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

No. 13 Cin. La Salle (23-3) vs. No. 10 Springfield (23-3) at Wright State University Nutter Center, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Wright State University Nutter Center, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Division I State Tournament (home team listed first)

Region 3 vs. Region 4 – Friday, March 24, 5:15 p.m.

Region 2 vs. Region 1 – Friday, March 24, 8:30 p.m.

State Championship Game – Saturday, March 25, 8:30 p.m.

 

Division II

Region 5 – Canton

Cle. Central Catholic (17-8) vs. Youngstown Ursuline (19-7) at Canton Memorial Civic Center, Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

Mentor Lake Catholic (13-12) vs. No. 11 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (21-5) at Canton Memorial Civic Center, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Canton Memorial Civic Center, Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

 

Region 6 – Toledo

No. 13 Sandusky (21-4) vs. No. 8 Wauseon (24-1) at Univ. of Toledo, Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

Elida (16-9) vs. Parma Hts. Holy Name (23-2) at Univ. of Toledo, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Univ. of Toledo, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

 

Region 7 – Athens

Cols. Eastmoor Academy (20-6) vs. No. 9 Lancaster Fairfield Union (23-2) at Ohio University Convocation Center, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

No. 10 McArthur Vinton County (23-2) vs. No. 14 Byesville Meadowbrook (24-3) at Ohio University Convocation Center, Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

Regional Final: at Ohio University Convocation Center, Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

 

Region 8 – Kettering

Carroll Bloom-Carroll (20-6) vs. No. 4 Dayton Dunbar (21-3) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Taft (21-4) vs. No. 2 Trotwood-Madison (20-2) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Kettering Fairmont High School, Saturday at TBA

 

Division II State Tournament (home team listed first)

Region 6 vs. Region 7 – Thursday, March 23, 10:45 a.m.

Region 5 vs. Region 8 – Thursday, March 23, 2:00 p.m.

State Championship Game – Saturday, March 25, 10:45 a.m.

 

Division III

Region 9 – Canton

West Salem Northwestern (21-5) vs. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (15-11) at Canton Fieldhouse, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

Garrettsville Garfield (18-8) vs. No. 8 Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (19-6) at Canton Fieldhouse, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Canton Fieldhouse, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 10 – Bowling Green/Toledo

Maria Stein Marion Local (17-8) vs. Milan Edison (16-9) at Bowling Green State University Stroh Center, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic (20-4) vs. Archbold (20-5) at Bowling Green State University Stroh Center, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Univ. of Toledo, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 11 – Athens

Sugarcreek Garaway (19-6) vs. No. 4 Proctorville Fairland (22-1) at Ohio University Convocation Center, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

Berlin Hiland (21-4) vs. Chillicothe Southeastern (9-17) at Ohio University Convocation Center, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Ohio University Convocation Center, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 12 – Kettering

No. 3 Cin. Summit Country Day (23-0) vs. Worthington Christian (20-5) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

No. 2 Versailles (25-1) vs. No. 10 Cin. Roger Bacon (21-4) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Kettering Fairmont High School, Saturday at TBA

 

Division III State Tournament (home team listed first)

Region 9 vs. Region 11 – Friday, March 24, 10:45 a.m.

Region 12 vs. Region 10 – Friday, March 24, 2:00 p.m.

State Championship Game – Saturday, March 25, 5:15 p.m.

 

Division IV

Region 13 – Canton

Cle. Heights Lutheran East (16-9) vs. Malvern (18-8) at Canton Fieldhouse, Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

No. 1 McDonald (25-1) vs. Warren John F. Kennedy (19-7) at Canton Fieldhouse, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Canton Fieldhouse, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 14 – Bowling Green/Toledo

No. 2 Mansfield St. Peter’s (23-2) vs. North Baltimore (16-10) at Bowling Green State University Stroh Center, Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

No. 16 Holgate (21-4) vs. Delphos St. John’s (19-4) at Bowling Green State University Stroh Center, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Univ. of Toledo, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 15 – Athens

Cols. Wellington (19-7) vs. No. 8 Waterford (20-4) at Ohio University Convocation Center, Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

No. 11 Grove City Christian (22-4) vs. No. 10 Portsmouth Clay (23-2) at Ohio University Convocation Center, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

Regional Final: at Ohio University Convocation Center, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Region 16 – Kettering

New Madison Tri-Village (17-6) vs. Fairfield Cin. Christian (21-5) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

No. 15 Fort Loramie (20-4) vs. Lima Perry (22-3) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Regional Final: at Kettering Fairmont High School, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Division IV State Tournament (home team listed first)

Region 14 vs. Region 13 – Thursday, March 23, 5:15 p.m.

Region 15 vs. Region 16 – Thursday, March 23, 8:30 p.m.

State Championship Game – Saturday, March 25, 2:00 p.m.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA COMMUNICATIONS

 

Nationwide Arena to host 2017 OHSAA Hockey Championships March 11 & 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH 6, 2017
Saturday’s semifinal match-ups include Powell Olentangy Liberty vs. Toledo St. Francis de Sales and Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. Hunting Valley University School
COLUMBUS, OH – The 40th annual Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) ice hockey state semifinals and championship game are set to be played at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, marking the 15th consecutive year that the tournament will be held at the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.The tournament, which began with 79 teams, is down to its final four teams with the winners of each district – Powell Olentangy Liberty from the Columbus district and Toledo St. Francis de Sales from the Sylvania district, Cleveland St. Ignatius from the Brooklyn district and Hunting Valley University School from the Kent district – advancing to the semifinals. The complete schedule follows:

Saturday, March 11
1 p.m. – Semifinal Game: Powell Olentangy Liberty vs. Toledo St. Francis de Sales
4 p.m. – Semifinal Game: Toledo Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. Hunting Valley University School

Sunday, March 12
10 a.m. – Senior All-Star Game
2 p.m. – OHSAA Championship Game

Both semifinals and the championship game will be broadcast live on Spectrum Sports.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (Saturday’s ticket is good for both semifinal games). All-tournament passes are $15 for adults and $11 for students. To order, call (800) 745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena.

 


PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Karen Davis, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tim Stried, OHSAA, Aaron McPherson, OHSAA; COURTESY COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS & OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

OHSAA announces tickets on sale for upcoming Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments

www.OHSAA.org  |  twitter.com/OHSAASports  |  facebook.com/OHSAA

 

For Immediate Release – Feb. 11, 2017

 

Special ticket packages and the Center Court Club available for basketball state tournaments

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournaments in basketball and wrestling, which are held at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University in March. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com (search OHSAA) and at the Schottenstein Center box office.

 

The 80th annual OHSAA state wrestling individual tournament is March 9-11, the 42nd annual girls basketball state tournament is March 16-18 and the 95th annual boys basketball state tournament is March 23-25. Please see below for the full list of upcoming OHSAA state tournaments.

 

ONLINE INFORMATION: http://www.ohsaa.org/TheSchott

 

In addition to Ticketmaster.com and the Schottenstein Center box office, state tournament tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores) or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Service charges apply when ordering tickets through Ticketmaster and can be avoided by purchasing tickets directly at the Schottenstein Center box office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Schottenstein Center Suites and RV Parking Available

Fans interested in watching the state tournaments from a suite inside the Schottenstein Center can contact Justin Doyle at doyle.106@osu.edu for pricing and availability. Overnight RV parking will be available for $25 per day in the Buckeye Lots north of the Schottenstein Center.

 

Girls Basketball “Championship Saturday” Group Value Packs

Basketball teams and other groups are invited to attend “Championship Saturday” of the girls basketball state tournament. This special Group Value Pack is good for groups of 10 or more and includes a ticket for all four state championship games on Saturday, March 18, a t-shirt and popcorn for $24 per person. Parking is free. Each group will be recognized on the arena’s videoboard.

Order form: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Sports/Basketball-Girls/2017/2017GBSKValuePacks.pdf

 

Boys Basketball “Four Pack” Offer

Two special “Four Pack” ticket offers will be available for the boys basketball state tournament. The first special is for “Championship Saturday” that includes a ticket to each of the four championship games in the Terrace Level for $36. The second special includes four tickets together in the Terrace Level for any of the 12 games for $36 (a savings of $3 per ticket).

 

Boys Basketball All-Session Tickets and “Center Court Club”

For the OHSAA boys basketball state tournament, tickets available now include all-session ticket books (12 games) in the Entry Level, Club Level, Terrace Level and in the Center Court Club. Ticket books are $144 for the Entry and Club Levels or $120 for the Terrace Level. The limited quantity Center Court Club tickets, which cost $498 per book, are located very close to the court and also give fans the opportunity to remain in the arena between games in a special hospitality area. Single-session tickets go on sale Thursday, March 16, at 10 a.m., and prices are $15 each for the Entry and Club Levels and $12 for the Terrace Level.

 

Girls Basketball All-Session Tickets

The cost for an all-session (12 games) ticket book for the girls basketball state tournament is $64 each, and single-game tickets are $10 apiece. Tickets for the semifinals allow fans to watch both games in the same division.

 

Wrestling Pricing

Tickets for the individual wrestling state tournament March 9-11 at the Schottenstein Center include all-session tickets (five sessions) at $75 each for the Entry and Club Levels and $55 each for the Terrace Level. Single-session ticket sales begin Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m., at $15 each.

 

 

Upcoming OHSAA State Tournaments

Fifth Annual State Wrestling Dual Team Tournament – Sunday, Feb. 12 at St. John Arena

Session 1 — 11:00-Upper bracket quarterfinals in all three divisions; 1:15-Lower bracket quarterfinals in all three divisions; 3:30-Semifinals in all three divisions. Session 2 — 7:30-Finals in all three divisions.

 

Swimming & Diving – Feb. 22-25 at C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton

Bowling, Div. II – March 3 & 4 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl (no advance media registration required)

Gymnastics – March 3 & 4 at Hilliard Bradley High School

Bowling, Div. I – March 10 & 11 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl (no advance media registration required)

Ice Hockey – March 11 & 12 at Nationwide Arena, Columbus

 

80th Annual State Individual Wrestling Tournament – March 9-11 at the Schottenstein Center

March 9: Session 1 — 3:00-Division III Preliminaries; 4:20-Division II Preliminaries; 5:50-Division I Preliminaries; 7:20-Division III Consolation Round 1; 8:00-Division II Consolation Rounds 1; 8:45-Division I Consolation Round 1; March 10: Session 2 — 10:00-Division III Quarterfinals; 10:40-Division II Quarterfinals; 11:25-Division I Quarterfinals; 12:15-Division III Consolation Round 2; 1:00-Division II Consolation Round 2; 1:45-Division I Consolation Round 2; Session 3 — 6:30-All Divisions Championship Semifinals; 8:50-All Divisions Consolation Quarterfinals;

March 11: Session 4 — 10:00-All Divisions Consolation Semifinals; 11:00-All Divisions Third-, Fifth- and Seventh-Place Matches; Session 5 — 5:15-Hall of Fame Ceremonies and Parade of Champions; 5:45-All Divisions First-Place Matches.

 

42nd Annual OHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament – March 16-18 at the Schottenstein Center

March 16: 1:00-Division II semifinals (doubleheader session); 6:00-Division IV semifinals (doubleheader session);

March 17: 1:00-Division III semifinals (doubleheader session); 6:00-Division I semifinals (doubleheader session);

March 18: 10:45-Division II final; 2:00-Division IV final; 5:15-Division III final; 8:30-Division I final.

 

95th Annual OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament – March 17-19 at the Schottenstein Center

March 23: 10:45-Division II semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division IV semifinal; 8:30-Division IV semifinal

March 24: 10:45-Division III semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division I semifinal; 8:30-Division I semifinal;

March 25: 10:45-Division II final; 2:00-Division IV final; 5:15-Division III final; 8:30-Division I final.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA COMMUNICATIONS

OHSAA announces State Football Championships moving back to Canton in 2017, 2018

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio By Harrier233 at English Wikipedia Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association football state championship games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton in 2017 and 2018 following approval from the OHSAA Board of Directors at its January meeting Thursday. The OHSAA staff had previously confirmed its intent to return to Canton in 2017 and 2018 and the 9-0 vote by the board of directors Thursday makes the move official.
After a 24-year stay in Stark County from 1990-2013, the football state championship games were held at Ohio Stadium in Columbus in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“We had great hosts in Stark County before, and I know we will again,” said Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Commissioner. “We are blessed in Ohio to have so many outstanding playoff venues like Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and Ohio Stadium here in Columbus, and our intent all along has been to rotate the finals between the two sites. The last three years in Columbus have been great, and the timing worked out well because Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame had major stadium renovations underway at the same time.”
The 2017 OHSAA football state championships weekend is Thursday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 3. The exact dates and times of the games will be finalized this spring. All seven state championship games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
“Visit Canton is excited to see the tradition of the OHSAA High School Football Championships return to Stark County, and we are so eager to showcase the world-class Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium,” said Allyson Bussey, President of Visit Canton. “Our team at the Convention & Visitors’ Bureau is working hand-in-hand with OHSAA and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to plan an experience of excellence for the athletes, coaches, parents, students and everyone involved in this prestigious event.”
The stadium complex, which is next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will include Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, featuring hotels, shopping, a conference center and parking decks.
The world-class stadium and entertainment complex, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is one of nine major components of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a $600 million development project under way to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.
“We look forward to the OHSAA High School Championships returning to Canton,” shared David Baker, President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that includes the spectacular, state-of-the-art Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will provide a rich experience for the many players, coaches, families, and fans attending the games. The excellence in competition among the best football players in the state will be celebrated by the Hall of Fame and our community.”
No details for the football state championship games after 2018 have been finalized, but the OHSAA intends to return to Ohio Stadium in Columbus for the 2019 state championship games.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHIO HIGH ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS
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