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WIAA seeking new hosts for football state championship games

UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Pullman High players including seniors Steve Ross (holding trophy) and Zach Elder (center) celebrate the Greyhounds’ 28-24 victory over Archbishop Murphy in the Gridiron Classic 2A football State Championships at the Tacoma Dome in 2005. (KEVIN NIBUR / SR)
Pullman High players including seniors Steve Ross (holding trophy) and Zach Elder (center) celebrate the Greyhounds’ 28-24 victory over Archbishop Murphy in the Gridiron Classic 2A football State Championships at the Tacoma Dome in 2005. (KEVIN NIBUR / SR)
News service report

RENTON, Wash. –The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board voted Sunday not to renew its contract with the Tacoma Dome as the host site for the Football State Championships, citing fan experience and financial implications for both the WIAA and spectators as the primary reasons to make the change.

“The Tacoma community and the Tacoma Dome have been great hosts for many WIAA State Championships over the years,” said WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese. “They will continue to provide an exceptional experience for the WIAA Mat Classic and Hardwood Classic events.”

The Executive Board and WIAA staff will begin surveying potential sites that can accommodate State Championship games and will plan to finalize locations in the fall of 2019. The change will most likely bring an end to the single-site championships format, moving toward the design of nearly every other WIAA State Tournament where Championship games are held at various sites across the state.

The Tacoma Dome has hosted the Gridiron Classic since the 1995-96 season, replacing the Kingdome as the final site. The facility has been involved in the WIAA Football Tournament in some capacity since the 1983-84 season, when it first began hosting assigned semifinal games.

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