OHSAA Announces 2019 Baseball and Football State Tournament Sites
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted Thursday (Feb. 14) to approve the Executive Director to complete contracts for the 2019 baseball state tournament and the 2019 football state championships. The baseball state tournament will move to Akron, while the football championships will stay in Canton.
The board’s vote was unanimous at 8-0 on both issues, with one member absent.
The baseball state tournament will be held at Canal Park in Akron, home of the Akron RubberDucks, the Double A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The baseball state tournament has been held at Huntington Park in Columbus, home of the Clippers, the Triple A affiliate of the Indians, since the stadium opened in 2009, but the Clippers have home games scheduled during the 2019 OHSAA baseball state tournament.
“The Clippers and Huntington Park have been great hosts, but our baseball season is a week later now and it conflicts with the Clippers’ 2019 home schedule,” said Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director. “We looked at many sites, but for several reasons, including similar schedule conflicts at other locations, we believe that Canal Park is the best choice.”
The 2019 football finals will remain in Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Canton hosted the championships in 2017 and 2018 after the finals were held at Ohio Stadium in Columbus in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“We have a great site in Canton for the football finals and we are pleased to return there in December,” Snodgrass said. “We will continue to talk with Ohio State and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission about hosting in the future, but we wanted to make a decision this winter regarding 2019 and we would need more time to come to an agreement with Columbus. In Stark County, we have great hosts with Visit Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame and we are fortunate to stay there another year.”
The football finals were held in Stark County from 1990 through 2013 after being held at Ohio Stadium in Columbus throughout the 1980s.
OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled February meeting Thursday morning (Feb. 14) at the OHSAA office. The following are highlights from the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.
• By an 8-0 vote, the Board approved the 2020-21 and 2021-22 season calendars for wrestling and basketball. Note that in 2020, 2021 and 2022, the wrestling and girls basketball state tournaments will be held on the same weekend. Future calendars are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/calendar/FutureDates
• Since the Board’s last meeting, five member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations.
• The Board reviewed the attendance and financial reports from the 2018 football playoffs. The total attendance for all five rounds was 379,587, which marked the lowest since the tournament expanded in 1999 to include eight teams per region.
• The Board also reviewed the attendance and financial reports for the regional and state cross country and volleyball tournaments. In cross country, due to flooding on the course, the state tournament was postponed one week, which resulted in increased expenses and lower attendance, which was 9,602, down from 12,054 in 2017. In volleyball, the state tournament attendance was 13,386 and the regional tournament attendance was 26,131.
• The Board approved additional referendum items that OHSAA member schools will vote on during the annual referendum voting period in May. The total approved items now include two constitution proposals, 12 bylaw proposals and two bylaw proposals specifically for 7th and 8th grade schools. Each member school principal is responsible to vote on behalf of the school and voting will be conducted electronically for the first time in 2019. Details are posted at: https://ohsaa.org/School-Resources/referendum-voting
• The Board accepted the 2017-18 OHSAA audit report, which was completed by independent firm Schneider Downs and reviewed by the OHSAA Audit Committee. The report is posted at: https://ohsaa.org/Portals/0/About-the-OHSAA/AuditedFinancial18.pdf
Information for these stories were provided by the OHSAA.