The nine Blue Cross Bowl football state title games will head to Chattanooga for the next two seasons as the TSSAA Board of Control voted 11-1 in favor of Chattanooga at their meeting at Siegel High School today.
Chattanooga nicknamed “The Scenic City” won the right to host the state title games over Cookeville as both cities made proposals to the Board via separate Zoom calls.
The Blue Cross Bowl title games will be set to start on Thursday, December 2 and will run through Saturday, December 4.
“First of all, we want to commend the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Technology University, and the entire Cookeville community for twelve outstanding years of hosting our BlueCross Bowl Championships. The Board of Control has made the decision to move our championships to Chattanooga and we are excited about the challenges ahead. Working with the Chattanooga community is not new for TSSAA and we feel very comfortable although we are going to a new venue. The key for us is that the student-athletes always have an positive experience they will remember the rest of their lives. We have no doubt this will continue to occur in Chattanooga,” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said.
For the previous 12 years, Cookeville and Tennessee Tech had played host to the state title games and although Cookeville made a slightly higher bid of $253,000 instead of $250,000 for Chattanooga, the Board of Control chose to move the nine state title games to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium which is a bigger and newer venue than Tucker Field in Cookeville.
Finley Stadium has a capacity of 20,412 which is 3,912 seats more than Tucker Stadium’s capacity of 16,500.
The TSSAA started hosting the state title games back in 1982 as Vanderbilt’s Dudley Field hosted the games until 1999 as they were moved down the road to MTSU’s Floyd Field where they stayed until 2008.
The title games have been played at Tucker Field on the Tennessee Tech campus since 2009.
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