The big stages

Mississippi State's Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium

A decision was made back in 2014 to take the Mississippi High School Association State football championships to the three main university venues in the state.

Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ole Miss in Oxford, and M.M. Roberts Stadium have been a part of that rotation over the last six years.

It’s a move that MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton has not regretted.

“I think it’s one of the best things we’ve done,” Hinton said after the MHSAA State championship press conference in Jackson Monday. “From the coaches standpoint and our kids being able to get that atmosphere that they see on Saturday afternoons and be in those facilities and venues have been fantastic. We want to continue to make that happen. In fact, we’ve done it in some of our other sports. It’s something we’ll keep making happen.”

After MSU and Ole Miss rotated the state title games in the first four years, Southern Miss hosted last year and gets the chance to do it again this season.

For more reaction on how playing the state championship football games at MSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss have gone, see Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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