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OSSAA board approves 3-year contract with UCO to host 11-man state football championships at Wantland Stadium

All 11-man Oklahoma high school football teams will have one goal for the next three seasons.

Get to Wantland Stadium.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's board of directors approved a three-year agreement with the University of Central Oklahoma to host the association's 11-man football state championships at Wantland Stadium. The board unanimously approved the motion. 

This will make it four straight seasons 11-man football state championships will be hosted at Wantland Stadium. The OSSAA signed a one-year agreement for the 2019 seasons, and after great success, decided having a centralized site for football state championships was something it wanted to pursue. 

The OSSAA sought bids from UCO, OU, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and even Tulsa Union High School, but only UCO and OU put in bids. OSSAA executive director David Jackson said UCO's bid was by far the best, not only financially but in terms of making the championships a central event to excite student athletes. 

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. 

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.

Related Photos
Tulsa Metro Christian celebrates as they are handed the trophy after the Class 2A football state championship game between Tulsa Metro Christian and Vian at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Tulsa Metro Christian celebrates as they are handed the trophy after the Class 2A football state championship game between Tulsa Metro Christian and Vian at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. [Bryan Terry/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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