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Are the state high school football championships moving out of Jackson?

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's almost a certainty the state football championships for the Mississippi High School Activities Association will not be played in Jackson this fall for the first time in over 20 years.

It's not yet been made official, but all signs indicate the state title games will be played at Mississippi State in December. They'll then begin alternating between State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss.

That leaves Jackson's Veterans Memorial Stadium out of the loop. It's hosted the state championships since 1992, and arguments can be made to keep it there for history's sake, and also travel sake.

However coaches we've spoke with are in favor of taking the games on-campus.

"I think we've reached the point in time in Mississippi where we don't have to do everything in Jackson," said Madison Central Head Coach Bobby Hall. "We've got 4 lane roads now. We're not in the horse and buggy era anymore. Mississippi state and Ole Miss offer a better environment and a better opportunity for our children to play these state championship games. It's just better, common sense tells you that.

The moving of the state title games from Jackson to State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss is not yet official, but consider this: the Activities Association recently announced the schedule for the 6 title games on December 5th and 6th, but not a location.

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