AT&T Stadium in Arlington will serve as host for all 2013 UIL football state championship games, the organization announced Thursday.For the first time, all 11-man and six-man football championship games — 12 in all — will be played at the same location. For the past four years, the six-man football championship games have been played at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.The six-man games are scheduled for Dec. 14, and the 11-man games are Dec. 19-21. “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 Mark Cousins said. “We will work with AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys organization to make this year’s championship event the best yet.”Opened in 2009, the $1.2 billion stadium (recently renamed from Cowboys Stadium) has hosted all Class 5A, 4A and 3A title games since 2010. The 2A and A games were played at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium that year, but moved to Arlington in 2011. The 2013 football state championships will mark the fourth year all games in all classifications will be played at predetermined locations. The UIL has determined the site for the Class 5A football state championships since 2006.UIL officials said the field would be reconfigured for the six-man games, which use a field 80 yards long and 40 yards wide, with 10-yard end zones.
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