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.
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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