Auburn and Tuscaloosa will remain home to the state high school football championships for another eight years.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association announced a contract extension Wednesday with the cities that will last through 2020.
The finals rotate between Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium. This year’s games, called the “Super 6” by the AHSAA, will be in Auburn.
“The relationship developed between our association and those communities has brought our Super 6 championships to a new level,” AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese said.
“Most importantly, it’s a positive lifelong experience for our student-athletes.”
At both sites, teams are welcomed outside the stadiums like the home college teams with a “Tiger Walk” or “Walk of Champions.” Savarese said that was one of many things that made an extension attractive.
“We’ve been very satisfied with the total experience,” Savarese said. “From outside the stadium to inside the stadium, we’ve been very satisfied. The customer service with both stadiums has been second to none.”
The finals have rotated between Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium since 2009. Previously, they were played at Birmingham’s Legion Field.
The original six-year contract was set to expire after the 2014 season.
“We were extremely satisfied with the relationship,” Savarese said. “We initiated the extension dialogue, which immediately was embraced by both communities.”
Savarese said the AHSAA and city of Montgomery are “in negotiations” about keeping the baseball and softball championships here.
“Our hope is that we can continue with the city,” Savarese said.