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High school football: OSSAA to speak with UCO about future deal for football championships

High school football state championship games may have found a new home for the near future.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association is planning to meet with Central Oklahoma officials Thursday to discuss plans on a possible long-term deal for UCO's Wantland Stadium to again host Oklahoma's high school state football championships. 

OSSAA executive director David Jackson said both the OSSAA and UCO thought the 2019 championships were a success. Jackson expressed to the Board of Directors he was hopeful the OSSAA and UCO could agree to another deal.

All 11-man football championships were at UCO in the fall. Classes 6A-I to 3A played on Dec. 6-7 while Classes 2A-A played the following Saturday. Jackson said for all nine state championships this season, the OSSAA sold about as many tickets as they had for all of the sites in 2018.

The OSSAA paid UCO $7,500 to host each game this past season, according to documents obtained by The Oklahoman. UCO kept all concessions money while the OSSAA kept all gate and merchandise profit.

Overall, the OSSAA sold about 10,000 tickets less this season for every playoff game than in 2018, netting a loss of about $70,000. 

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The sun sets during the 5A state football championship between McGuinness and Carl Albert at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

The sun sets during the 5A state football championship between McGuinness and Carl Albert at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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