Tallahassee and Daytona Beach To Host Florida High School Football State Championships

GAINESVILLE, FL (4/5/19) – The 2019, 2020 and 2021 Florida High School Football State Championships will take place at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee (Classes 1A-3A) and Daytona Stadium in Daytona Beach (Classes 4A-8A), the Florida High School Athletic Association announced Friday.

“After listening to feedback from our membership, we felt having two locations stretched out over two weeks made the most sense,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “This new schedule gives families and fans the most flexibility when it comes to supporting their student-athletes and we are thrilled both Visit Tallahassee and DME Marketing made this possible.”

2019 Florida High School Football State Championship Schedule

DATE LOCATION CITY CLASS KICKOFF
Thursday, Dec. 5 Gene Cox Stadium Tallahassee TBD (1A-3A) 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 Gene Cox Stadium Tallahassee TBD (1A-3A) 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 Gene Cox Stadium Tallahassee TBD (1A-3A) 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 Daytona Stadium Daytona Beach TBD (4A-8A) 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 Daytona Stadium Daytona Beach TBD (4A-8A) 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 Daytona Stadium Daytona Beach TBD (4A-8A) 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 Daytona Stadium Daytona Beach TBD (4A-8A) 1 p.m.
  Daytona Stadium Daytona Beach TBD (4A-8A) 7 p.m.

Daytona Stadium (capacity 10,000) has hosted the championships six times previously (1989-90, 1993-96), while Gene Cox Stadium (capacity 6,500) played host to the 1986 Class 3A State Championship Game between Tallahassee Godby and Clewiston. The last time multiple venues hosted the event was in 2005, when Dolphin Stadium in Miami featured Classes 3A-6A and FIU Community Stadium in Miami held Classes 1A-2A.

Both venues recently underwent significant renovations. Daytona’s $20 million renovation included new field turf, remodeled locker rooms, an open-air VIP club, VIP space with theater seating and a completely redesigned expansive concourse area. Gene Cox Stadium underwent an $800,000 renovation featuring installations of completely new field turf and a pair of HD video boards. 
For more information on the FHSAA and the Drive to December, follow the organization on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat by searching for “FHSAA.”

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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.

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