OSSAA to discuss, vote on 3-year contract to host 11-man football state championships at Wantland Stadium
The Road to Wantland may be here to stay.
At least for the next three years.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released its agenda Tuesday for its monthly board meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Included was discussion and a vote to approve or not approve a three-year agreement with the University of Central Oklahoma to host the association's 11-man football championships at Wantland Stadium in Edmond.
The association signed a one-year deal with UCO last November to have a centralized championship site, something the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association and numerous others had pursued for some time. The Classes 6A-I to A championships were held at Wantland Stadium.
The OSSAA and UCO both expressed their desire to possibly work on a long-term deal following the success of the 2019 championships. The agreement has been in the works since early this year.
Last season, the OSSAA paid UCO $7,500 per game for the limited rights to use the facilities for the games, according to the contract obtained by The Oklahoman. In the agreement, UCO provided field and facility prep, employees to run the facility and ran the concessions and kept 100% of the sales.
The OSSAA kept all ticket and merchandise revenue.
If the contract is approved, the likely dates for games this year would be Dec. 4-5 for Classes 6A-I to 3A and Dec. 12 for Classes 2A and A.
The 2019 schedule was as follows:
Friday, Dec. 6
Class 4A at 1 p.m.; Class 6A-II at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Class 3A at 11 a.m.; Class 5A at 3:30 p.m.; Class 6A-I at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Class A at 1 p.m.; Class 2A at 7 p.m.