Leon County Hosts FHSAA Football State Championships at Gene Cox Stadium

Monday, December 2, 2019 | 




WHO:                  Leon County Tourism

WHAT:                 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Football State Championships

WHEN:                Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, through Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

                             Media Check-In Starting at 5 p.m.

                             Credentials Required, click here to access the form

WHERE:              601 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301


This week, six high school football teams from across the state will compete at Gene Cox Stadium in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 1A, 2A and 3A Football State Championships. Hosting the state championships will continue to drive local tourism and increase direct visitor spending in Leon County. This year's event is expected to draw more than 15,000 spectators to Leon County. 


Founded in 1920, the FHSAA supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at public, private and charter schools. The FHSAA sponsors over 3,600 championship series games through which 141 teams and 294 individuals are crowned state champions in 32 sports each year.


Hosted by the Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) and Leon County Schools, this year’s championships will be held in multiple venues around the state with the 1A-3A State Championships in Leon County. It has been over 30 years since Leon County has hosted the State Football Championships. FHSAA selected Leon County due to County Tourism's past success in hosting championship events at Apalachee Regional Park, as well as the community's welcoming atmosphere and visitor attractions. In addition, FHSAA recognized significant improvements made by Leon County Schools to Gene Cox Stadium, which made it a premiere site to host the football championships. Media partners who attend will be given special access to the field and award presentations.


Media representatives must obtain credentials for the event by completing and submitting the Credential Request Form by Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. Click here to access the form. Walk-up requests on the day of the event will not be considered. Press credentials will be available at the press tent and a picture ID and a valid media ID (provided by the representative outlet) are required. Freelancers must provide a short validation letter from the outlet's sports editor, printed on outlet stationery along with a valid media ID.


2019 Florida High School State Championship Schedule

* Awards ceremony will be held immediately following each game.


Thursday, Dec. 5

7 p.m. – Class 2A


Friday, Dec. 6

7 p.m. – Class 3A


Saturday, Dec. 7

7 p.m. – Class 1A


Advanced purchase tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. Parking is $5 and may be purchased in advance by clicking here or on-site. Tickets are available the day of the event for $15. All on-site tickets and parking are cash only.


For more information contact Scott Lindeman, Marketing Communications Director, Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee at (850) 606-2322 office, (850) 508-4461 cell or Scott.Lindeman@VisitTallahassee.com.


About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. Named as one of Southern Living’s top 10 Cities of the South, in 2019, Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 2.4 million visitors who contributed $1.04 billion in economic impact and accounts for more than 16,150 people employed in our community in the tourism & hospitality industry. For more information go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2688. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @VisitTally, #iHeartTally,  #Trailahassee.


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