AHSAA making changes to football state championship sites

Published 12:16 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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Due to the upcoming expansion of the College Football Playoff, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) is making changes to its rotation for the Super 7 State Championship football sites.

The AHSAA has held the Super 7 annually at Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium or Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium since 2009, but due to the potential of those locations hosting CFP games in December in the future the AHSAA will no longer host its Super 7 games at either location.

“We are grateful to the cities of Tuscaloosa, Auburn and Opelika, Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports and Auburn-Opelika Tourism for joining together to host our Super 7 since the rotation began in 2009,” said AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs. “The experiences and memories provided for our member schools, the teams, their students, and communities have been immeasurable. We understand, however, the conflicts that will be unavoidable in the future based on the expanded CFA playoff structure and format.”

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Birmingham’s Protective Stadium joined the site rotation in 2021 and is set to host the Super 7 Championships this coming football season and Briggs confirmed that Protective Stadium would remain in future site rotations. The AHSAA is studying other locations around the state for more sites and the future site locations will be announced at a later date.

Alabama has a number of Division I football stadiums. Along with Troy’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, the state features other college stadiums like South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Jacksonville State’s JSU Stadium in Jacksonville and Alabama State’s ASU Stadium in Montgomery.

Another college football stadium in the state is the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. The Cramton Bowl has previously hosted state championship games along with college football games played by Alabama, Auburn and Alabama State. The Cramton Bowl also annually hosts the Camelia Bowl.

Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium holds more than 30,000 fans, which is similar to Birmingham’s Protective Stadium.