Major site changes for state title games
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:00 AM
CLINTON - The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced Monday new locations for upcoming Football and Basketball State Championships for the next four years.
In addition and in partnership with the Mississippi Association of Coaches, upcoming sites were announced for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic and Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball games.
The MHSAA State Football Championships will be moved out of Jackson and will alternate between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, starting this year.
The schedule is as follows:
- December 5-6, 2014 - Davis Wade Stadium, MSU, Starkville;
- December 4-5, 2015 - Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Ole Miss, Oxford;
- December 2-3, 2016 - Davis Wade Stadium, MSU, Starkville; and,
- December 1-2, 2017 - Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Ole Miss, Oxford.
"We looked at what the Alabama High School Athletic Association did as far as rotating their football championships at Auburn and Alabama," said MHSAA director Don Hinton.
"We looked at the logistics of it as far as hosting their State Football Championships when they are not hosting the Iron Bowl. For us, it's all about our students, whether it's athletics or an activity like dance or band."
The Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic will alternate between the University of Southern Mississippi and the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery.
That schedule is as follows:
- December 13, 2014 - Cramton Bowl, Montgomery;
- December 12, 2015 - M.M. Roberts Stadium, USM, Hattiesburg;
- December 10, 2016 - Cramton Bowl, Montgomery;
- December 9, 2017 - M.M. Roberts Stadium, USM, Hattiesburg
The MHSAA/C Spire State Basketball Tournament presented by Farm Bureau, will be scheduled as follows:
March 3-4-5-6-7, 2015 - Athletics and Assembly Center, JSU, Jackson (boys quarterfinals);
March 4-5-6-7, 2015 - Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson (girls quarterfinals);
- March 9-10-11-12-13-14, 2015 - Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson (boys & girls, semifinals/finals);
"We have expanded our state basketball tournament from 36 games to 84 games," Hinton said. "That tournament will go from eight days to basically 10 days or so with the first 24 boys games at Jackson State University and the first 24 girls games played at Mississippi Coliseum."
And the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game will be scheduled as follows:
- March 21, 2015 - Dunn-Oliver Acadome, Alabama State University, Montgomery;
- March 18, 2016 - Athletics and Assembly Center, Jackson State University, Jackson;
- March 17, 2017 - Dunn-Oliver Acadome, Alabama State University, Montgomery; and,
March 16, 2018 - Athletics and Assembly Center, Jackson State University, Jackson.