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NCHSAA football championships to return to Duke this fall

Posted April 20

A rendering of the completed $100 million renovation project at Wallace Wade Satadium. (Image courtesy Duke University)

— Football state championships will once again be played at Duke University's Wallace Wade Stadium beginning this fall.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association announced on Thursday that two state championship games will be played at Duke in December after an agreement was reached with the Triangle Sports Commission.

Football state championships have not been played at Wallace Wade Stadium since 2006.

State championship games will also be played at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill and BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. Each site will host two games on Saturday, Dec. 9.

“When we were approached by the Triangle Sports Commission about the possibility of playing State Championship Games at the newly renovated Wallace Wade Stadium, we were eager to see if an arrangement could be worked out," said NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker. "After touring the facility and seeing the many upgrades and improvements Duke has made since 2006, the decision to again include Durham and Duke in the championship schedule was an easy one. Knowing the the partnership and support available from the Triangle Sports Commission helped solidify that decision."

Since the 2007 season, the NCHSAA has played state championships in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem only. In recent years, one game was played on Friday night with seven games on Saturday. The new arrangement means all games will be played on Saturday.

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