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HS football championship sites: Other stadiums to keep in mind as potential hosts

by Scott Wright Published: June 24, 2014
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Gary L. Armbruster, Principal Architect, and Marsha Gallant of MA+ Architecture, look over plans to rebuild Taft Stadium in this provided photo taken in May, shortly after the new artificial turf playing surface was installed at the stadium. Taft won't be ready for high school football until the fall of 2015, but could again become a potential site for state championship games in the future.
Gary L. Armbruster, Principal Architect, and Marsha Gallant of MA+ Architecture, look over plans to rebuild Taft Stadium in this provided photo taken in May, shortly after the new artificial turf playing surface was installed at the stadium. Taft won't be ready for high school football until the fall of 2015, but could again become a potential site for state championship games in the future.
Gary L. Armbruster, Principal Architect, and Marsha Gallant of MA+ Architecture, look over plans to rebuild Taft Stadium in this provided photo taken in May, shortly after the new artificial turf playing surface was installed at the stadium. Taft won’t be ready for high school football until the fall of 2015, but could again become a potential site for state championship games in the future.

Jacob Unruh and I wrote about the future of high school football championship game locations, now that the OSSAA’s contract with Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium has expired.

You can find all that info here.

Of course, not every potential future state championship site made its way into the package in Monday’s paper. Here are a few more from the Oklahoma City metro area that deserve mention.

Langston University: It’s a little off the radar because it has a more remote location, but it’s not terribly far off Interstate 35. The school’s administration is interested in being involved with high school sports, particularly football, and the stadium is in very good condition, with plenty of space. It could be a good middle ground for an OKC-Tulsa type matchup. In fact, when the Douglass-Booker T. Washington football series was renewed two years ago, the original plan was for it to play once at each school’s home site, then become a regular opening-week game at Langston. However, Washington pulled out of the series and has scheduled a home-and-home matchup with Midwest City instead.

Taft Stadium: The legendary OKC stadium is getting a much-needed facelift, and won’t be ready for football action (American football, anyway) until 2015. Soccer (high school and professional) will be played there in the spring of 2015. But with an entirely new field surface, bleachers, locker rooms, video board and parking lot, why couldn’t Taft once again host some championship games?

Bishop McGuinness’ Pribil Stadium: Like Taft, Pribil benefited from OKC’s recent pro soccer fascination, getting some help to provide a new grass field surface with an improved water/drainage system, plus some extra bleachers. The stadium still has an awkward seating arrangement, with very little seating on the visitors’ side, and some end zone bleachers. But the facility could adequately host a small-school championship.

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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