Changes made to NCHSAA football, basketball, baseball championships

Posted July 24, 2014

The captains meet at midfield for the coin toss at Kenan Stadium on the UNC Chapel Hill Campus before the 3-AA State Championship Game.  Dec. 12, 2009 (Photo by Scott Lunn)

The N.C. High School Athletic Association football state championship games will be held at two locations this fall instead of three.

According to NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield, construction at Kenan Stadium will prevent the high school championships from being played at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Instead, four games will be played at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University, and the other four games will be played at BB&T Field on the campus of Wake Forest University.

The first state championship games will be played at 7:30 p.m on Friday, Dec. 12. The final six games will be played on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Whitfield said he expects Kenan Stadium to return to the rotation in the future.

Basketball moved from Reynolds

For the past several years, NCHSAA basketball state championships have been split between Reynolds Coliseum at N.C. State and the Dean E. Smith Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

With upcoming renovations being done at Reynolds, two championships will be moved to Carmichael Arena at UNC.

All four basketball state championships will now be played on UNC's campus, with two classifications playing in the Smith Center and two in Carmichael.

Changes made to baseball

There were also changes made to the baseball state championship locations, according to Whitfield.

N.C. State University's Doak Field will no longer be used as a state championship venue. There have been scheduling conflicts at the facility in the past due to the college baseball playoffs.

Games have been played in Greensboro the past two seasons, and it is possible that the games will be played there in the future.

Five County Stadium in Zebulon is the other baseball state championship venue.

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  • uBnice Jul 24, 2014

    Good use of existing infrastructure. For the competition for in-state talent, it appears that NCSU may be putting themselves at a slight disadvantage for basketball and football.