GAINESVILLE, FL (10/24/16) – The Florida High School Athletic Association, the Central Florida Sports Commission, and the City of Orlando jointly announced the schedule and kickoff times for the 2016 Florida High School Football State Championships on Tuesday. Tickets for all eight games will go on sale at Ticketmaster.com and at the Amway Center Box Office.
The first 2016 title game at the 60,000-seat Camping World Stadium will take place Thursday, December 8th at 1 p.m. between the two Class 1A finalists, and will be followed by a 7 p.m. kickoff for Class 4A later that evening.
Friday, December 9th will see champions crowned in Class 2A (10 a.m.), 5A (3 p.m.) and 7A (8 p.m.).
The three-day football binge wraps up Saturday, December 10th with championship games in Class 3A (10 a.m.), 6A (3 p.m.) and 8A (8 p.m.).
Since 2007, Camping World Stadium has been the last stop on the Drive to December. Following the end of the current three-year contract, the stadium will have hosted the state championships more years than any venue in FHSAA history (12).
2016 Florida High School State Championships Schedule
Thursday, December 8
1 p.m. – Class 1A
7 p.m. – Class 4A
Friday, December 9
10 a.m. – Class 2A
3 p.m. – Class 5A
8 p.m. – Class 7A
Saturday, December 10
10 a.m. – Class 3A
3 p.m. – Class 6A
8 p.m. – Class 8A
ABOUT THE FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida. For more information on the FHSAA and the Drive to December, follow the organization on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat by searching for “FHSAA.”
ABOUT THE CENTRAL FLORIDA SPORTS COMMISSION
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In 2015, the Sports Commission’s event calendar featured 77 events that drove more than 234,000 visitors, 196,000 room nights and $131 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. Anchored by marquee events The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and the Copa America Centenario, the Central Florida Sports Commission is projecting to drive nearly 300,000 visitors and $135 million in economic impact in 2016.
ABOUT CAMPING WORLD STADIUM
Camping World Stadium is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered Camping World Stadium’s ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. For more information, visit CampingWorldStadium.com.