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WIAA Executive Board announces football state championship game sites, times

Games will be played in Tacoma, Puyallup and Lakewood

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

The 2019 high school state championship football games will be held in three stadiums in Puyallup, Tacoma and Lakewood on Saturday, Dec. 7, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Monday.

The six state championships will be played in doubleheaders at noon and 4 p.m. at each of the three sites.

The Class 1B championship game will be played at noon at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, followed by the 4A title game at 4 p.m.

The 3A title game will be played at noon at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, followed by the 2A title game at 4 p.m.

And the 1A title game will be played at noon at Harry E. Lang Stadium at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, followed by the 2B championship game at 4 p.m.

The three stadiums are located within 13 miles of each other, offering fans the chance to see games at multiple sites. A ticket purchased at one site will be valid at either of the other sites.

“The mission of the WIAA staff and Executive Board was to find three locations that were close in proximity to each other and could handle the needs of a WIAA State Championship,” WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman said. “We are grateful for each of the site managers who made these great stadiums available as we believe they will provide a terrific atmosphere for the biggest games of the year.”

The WIAA Executive Board also stated that if a championship game pits two schools from the central or eastern part of the state, that championship could be moved to a location on the east side of the Cascades.

The football state championships, or Gridiron Classic, had been held at the Tacoma Dome since 1995. However, rising rental fees and revised seating configuration at the Tacoma Dome led the WIAA Executive Board to move the title games to new locations.