Springfield will host Missouri’s high school football championship games in 2016, and perhaps in future years.
In addition, Springfield stands to gain host status to the high school girls and boys basketball championship games from 2017 and beyond.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved a proposal from Springfield officials that will allow Missouri State University to host the Show-Me Bowl state championship games in the fall of 2016. All state championship football games for Classes 1 through 6 will be played at Plaster Stadium on Nov. 25 and 26.
The 2017 Show-Me Bowl games are scheduled to be played at Faurot Field in Columbia. The Dome at America’s Center (formerly the Edward Jones Dome and the Trans World Dome) in St. Louis hosted Missouri’s high school football championship games from 1996 to 2015.
In addition, Springfield is scheduled to host the Show-Me Showdown state basketball championships in the 2017-2018 school year.
JQH Arena was awarded the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The contract will consist of a five-year agreement, which also uses Hammons Student Center for the Thursday of Class 1, 2 and 3 weekend.
“We are very excited about using a venue for our basketball championships for which we have received many positive comments,” MSHSAA Executive Director Kerwin Urhahn said. “We appreciate the work that the cities put into this bid process and we have taken this process very seriously. We are especially humbled by the amount of community support the city of Springfield showed in putting together its bids.”