(6-16-21) WFMJ TV in Youngstown reports that the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is expected to announce later today that the state football championship games are returning to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
MAPFRE Stadium near Columbus had also shown interest in hosting the championships.
Last season Fortress Obetz hosted the D I title game and had been scheduled to host the remaining title games until a COVID 19 order by the county forced the OHSAA to move the remaining games to Massillon.
Its expected the announcement is for three years.
The championship games are slated for the first week of December.
The title games were held in Canton three years, prior to 2020.
The OHSAA release will be added to this posting when it is released
Pro Football Hall of Fame Release
The Ohio High School Athletic Association and Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a three-year agreement for the Hall to host the state football championships in Canton. The games, across Ohio’s seven divisions, will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium beginning in 2021.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Chief Administrative Officer Steve Strawbridge and OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute outlined the partnership at a news conference in the Hall of Fame’s James Allen Family Gold Jacket Lounge.
Ute said –
“The OHSAA is excited for this three-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as our student-athletes, schools and communities will get to experience Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and all that Canton and the Hall of Fame Village have to offer. We are grateful to the Hall of Fame for their partnership, and we look forward to collaborating with the Hall year-round.”
Canton, Massillon and Ohio State University have hosted the state football championships at various points over the past 30 years. With its ties to the game and Canton’s rich history, the OHSAA believed the Pro Football Hall of Fame was the ideal place to host the state football championships.
Strawbridge said –
“The Hall of Fame prides itself in treating OHSAA football teams and their fans the same way we treat the NFL teams and their fans. We give them a first-class experience while they are here. We take the teams through the museum and promote the values of the game. We look forward to providing an exceptional experience for the players, coaches, families and fans attending the games in Canton – the pinnacle of football.”
Visit Canton, which first hosted the state football championships starting in 1990 and most recently in Canton from 2017-19, will continue to be a sponsor and partner of the events.
Today’s news conference was streamed live on the OHSAA’s Facebook page: