After hosting the Ohio High School Athletic Association football state champions games in Stark County for 23 years, the football championships are back from Columbus and officially will be played at the newly-renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
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“Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that includes the spectacular, state-of-the-art Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will provide a rich experience for the many players, coaches, families, and fans attending the games. The excellence in competition among the best football players in the state will be celebrated by the Hall of Fame and our community,” said David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
For the past three years the games were being played in Ohio Stadium at Ohio State University.
“We are blessed in Ohio to have so many outstanding playoff venues like Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and Ohio Stadium here in Columbus, and our intent all along has been to rotate the finals between the two sites,” Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Commissioner said in a news release on Thursday. “The last three years in Columbus have been great, and the timing worked out well because Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame had major stadium renovations underway at the same time.”
Games are due to kick off from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. The exact times will be finalized in the spring, according to OHSSA officials.