Stark County or Columbus? OHSAA decides destination of Football Finals

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Canton’s Fawcett Stadium has hosted Ohio HS Football Finals since 1991.

Will Northeast Ohio receive its second big blow in a month? We’ll find
out today.
Weeks after LeBron James left Cleveland, the Ohio High School
Football State Championships could be leaving Stark County.


Will Northeast Ohio receive its second big blow in a month? We’ll find out today. Weeks after LeBron James left Cleveland, the Ohio High School Football State Championships could be leaving Stark County.

An OHSAA subcommittee – created to establish the future home of the state football finals by comparing bids from several regions – will reconvene Wednesday morning in Columbus to decide between keeping the state finals in Canton and Massillon or moving them to Columbus. The subcommittee will report their findings during the OHSAA’s Board of Directors meeting. The ultimate outcome will result from whether or not the Board acts on the recommendation.

Although the subcommittee has the option to not make a recommendation at this point, it is highly likely it will. A decision in July has been the believed deadline since the start of the process, which started in February with the acceptance of bids.

The new contract would cover 2012 through 2014. Stark County is under contract through 2011.

Both Stark County and Columbus have several positives working in their favor. They each boast some negatives as well.

Stark County has hosted the state finals since 1990 when Division’s II-V were held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. D-I that year was played at Akron’s Rubber Bowl. In 1991, all games moved to Stark County with Canton’s Fawcett Stadium inheriting the D-I game. Nowadays both stadiums host three divisions.

Columbus hosted the state finals 1982-1989 at Ohio Stadium.

Regardless of the verdict, JJHuddle will have full coverage of the decision today when it’s announced. Check back later for the outcome.

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