ATLANTA- Starting in 2023, boys’ tackle and girls’ flag football fans will no longer have to brave the elements to enjoy the state championship games. Instead, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) announced today, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) and the Atlanta Falcons, today announced a three-year deal after much anticipation that brings the state championship games to be played in the Mercedes-Benz stadium.
“We are excited to partner with GHSA to bring the football championships to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” said Atlanta Falcons CEO and President Rich McKay. “Youth sports is, and has always been, a priority for the Atlanta Falcons,” McKay continues. “This announcement is a testament to the coordinated efforts of many, and we are excited to continue to support and grow the sport we all love.”
This year’s championships were held at Center Parc Stadium, Georgia State’s football stadium. The titles were headlined by several high-profile games, including the 6A game with Langston Hughes High School defeating Gainsville and the 3A game with Sandy Creek triumphing over Cedar Grove in a controversial call.
“We could not be more thrilled to bring the GHSA Football Championships back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” said GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines. “We are grateful for our partnership with the Falcons and are especially thankful for Rich McKay, Tim Zulawski, Chris Millman and Amanda Dinkel for their commitment to high school athletics,” Hines continued. “Bringing the football championships back to MBS allows our student athletes to compete in the best venue anywhere and will provide an experience for our athletes and fans that will be second to none.”