High School Football

It’s all AT&T in Texas, little comes close for football title games elsewhere

An external view of AT&T Stadium.
An external view of AT&T Stadium. AP

A dozen teams, and likely more than 200,000 fans will converge on AT&T Stadium through Saturday for the annual UIL football championship games.

Wednesday’s first two games at AT&T drew 9,769 fans — for a pair of Six-man contests!

In Virginia, South Dakota and New Hampshire, that’s already pushing stadium capacity for their championship games.

The UIL went to central-site locations for all football championships in 2016, added Six-man games for the first time since the 2010 move to a common location for the bigger schools.

Here’s a rundown of what other state’s do:

Alabama – Alternates between Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium and Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. In 2016, Jordan-Hare drew 49,353. Snowy weather factored into this years game at ‘Bama.

Alaska - Division I: at Anchorage Football Stadium – 4,500 capacity; Division II and III at Palmer High School

Arizona – top three classes play at Univ. of Arizona, capacity 55,675

Arkansas – War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, capacity 54,120

California – several are played at Sacramento State, but others at various sites

Colorado – top two classifications played at Mile High Stadium, capacity 76,125; other 3 classifications at various sites

Connecticut – all four classifications played at various sites (apparently high schools)

Delaware – two divisions, at Univ. of Delaware Stadium. Capacity 22,000

Florida – Camping World Stadium, Orlando; capacity 65,000

Georgia – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, capacity 71,000 (some were moved this season due to snowstorms)

Hawaii – Aloha Stadium, capacity 50,000

Idaho – Top 4 classifications at Holt Arena, capacity 12,000

Illinois – Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, capacity 24,000

Indiana – Lucas Oil Stadium, capacity 70,000

Iowa – UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, capacity 16,324

Kansas – six classifications, all different sites

Kentucky – first year held at Kroger Field, Lexington, capacity 67,606. 2017 attendance 52,796 (previously held for 8 years at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium, WKU, Bowling Green)

Louisiana - Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, capacity 76,468

Maine – various sites

Maryland - Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, capacity 34,000

Massachusetts - Gillette Stadium, capacity 66,829

Michigan – Ford Field, capacity 65,000

Minnesota – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, capacity 66,655

Mississippi – Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford (capacity 64,038) or Davis Wade Stadium (capacity 61,337) in Starkville

Missouri - Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, Columbia, capacity 71,004

Montana – various sites

Nebraska – Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, capacity 90,000

Nevada – various sites

New Hampshire – Wildcat Stadium, Univ. of New Hampshire, capacity 11,015

New Jersey – Apparently there are multiple leagues and they do their own thing.

New Mexico – various sites

New York – Carrier Dome, Syracuse, capacity 49,250

North Carolina – various sites

North Dakota – Fargodome, Fargo, capacity 19,000

Ohio - Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, capacity 23,000

Oklahoma – various sites

Oregon – various sites

Pennsylvania – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, capacity 30,000

Rhode Island - Cranston Stadium, Cranston, capacity unknown

South Carolina – smallest two divisions: Benedict College; three largest divisions, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, capacity 80,250

South Dakota – DakotaDome (USD), Vermillion, capacity 10,000

Tennessee – Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium, Cookeville, capacity 16,500

Texas – AT&T Stadium, capacity 100,000

Utah – top three classifications at University of Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake, capacity 45,017; 3A at Weber State Stewart Stadium, Ogden, capacity 17,312; bottom two classifications at Southern Utah Eccles Coliseum, Cedar City, capacity 8,500.

Vermont – Rutland High School, capacity unknown

Virginia – Class 5 and 6 at Hampton University Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, capacity 12,000; Class 3 and 4 at College of William and Mary, Zable Stadium, Williamsburg, capacity 12,672; Class 1 and 2 at Salem Football Stadium, Salem, capacity 7,157

Washington – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, capacity 23,000

West Virginia – Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, capacity 12,200

Wisconsin – Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, capacity 80,321

Wyoming – War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, capacity 29,181

District of Columbia – two classifications, AA is at Georgetown Univ., Class A at Catholic University