2013 title games at AT&T Stadium
Posted by Greg Tepper on 15 August 2013 | 0 comments
As high school football practices heat up across Texas, coaches can now tell their players where they should be aiming to play: AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The UIL announced Thursday that for the first time, every public school state championship game will be played at the same location -- AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium -- on Dec. 14, Dec. 19, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21.
The biggest change: the addition of the six-man state championships to the UIL's biggest stage. While all the 11-man state champions have been determined in Arlington for the past two years, the six-man state title games had been played in Abilene. Now, on Dec. 14 -- a week before the 11-man state title games -- both the six-man state championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium.
(If you have never seen six-man football, mark your calendar for December 14. It will change how you watch the game.)
But that's not the only change coming to high school football's biggest extravaganza. With the addition of a fourth playoff team in Class 3A, the 3A Division I state championship game, usually played a week before the other nine 11-man title games, will take place on the same weekend -- Dec. 19-21. That means an unprecedented quadruple-header of title games on Thursday, Dec. 19, featuring both divisions of Class 2A and Class 1A's championship games.
“For the first time ever, all football state qualifying teams will have the unique and extraordinary experience of playing at AT&T Stadium,” UIL athletic director Dr. Mark Cousins said in the release. “We will work with AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys organization to make this year’s championship event the best yet.”
What does this mean? For one, it signals that the UIL is comfortable having the games at the home of the Cowboys. This represents the third straight year that the title games have been held at AT&T Stadium, and while there's still a chance of a rotation between Reliant Stadium and the Alamodome, it appears that the UIL considers Arlington its home base for its biggest events.
But even more than that? This means that Texas high school football's biggest stage just got even bigger.
The full schedule of state championship games, all to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington:
December 14, 2013
Noon: Six-Man Division I
3 p.m.: Six-Man Division II
December 19, 2013
10 a.m.: 1A Division I
1 p.m.: 1A Division II
5 p.m.: 2A Division I
8 p.m.: 2A Division II
December 20, 2013
Noon: 3A Division I
4 p.m.: 3A Division II
8 p.m.: 4A Division I
December 21, 2013
Noon: 4A Division II
4 p.m.: 5A Division I
8 p.m.: 5A Division II