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Why Change the WIAA Football Championships?
 10/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

 The WIAA State Football Championships will be played outside this year after the WIAA Executive Board approved a move out of the Tacoma Dome which hosted the event since the 1995-96 season.

The recent renovations to the Tacoma Dome provided a diminished viewing experience for fans in the facility and those watching at home. In addition to fan experience concerns, the WIAA has seen significantly increased rental costs over the last five years.

In 2019, the six Championship games will be held at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup) Harry E. Lang Stadium (Lakewood) and Mt. Tahoma Stadium (Tacoma). All games will be scheduled as doubleheaders on December 7 with the first game kicking off at noon followed by a 4 p.m. start for the second. Mt. Tahoma Stadium will host the 1B and 4A Championships, Sparks Stadium will host the 3A and 2A Championships while Harry E. Lang Stadium will host the 2B and 1A Championships.

The three stadiums are located within 13 miles of one another which will allow fans the possibility to see multiple games during the day. A ticket purchased at any location will provide valid entry for all three sites.

While the remodel of the Tacoma Dome and its rising rental costs made it clear that a change was needed, WIAA Staff and the Executive Board will evaluate the success of the new format at the conclusion of the Championships and continue to survey options going forward.

Moving to high school stadiums not only makes the event more sustainable from an administrative perspective, but it will also reduce the overall cost of attendance for families and fans who attend. Spectators will no longer have to pay the ticketing fees or the elevated concession and parking prices that came with the Tacoma Dome.

The Board approved the sites and times but also noted that if two schools from similar geographic areas in central or eastern Washington advance to a Championship game, they may have the option to play the game locally at a mutually agreed upon site pending WIAA approval. If agreement from the three parties cannot be reached, the game will be played as originally scheduled.

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10/28/2019 Why Change the WIAA Football Championships?

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