Leon County Selected to Host All 2023 Florida High School Athletic Association Football State Championships at Bragg Memorial Stadium

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2023

Leon County Selected to Host All 2023 Florida High School Athletic Association Football State Championships at Bragg Memorial Stadium


Leon County has been selected to host all 9 classifications of the 2023 Class Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Football State Championships at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Bragg Memorial Stadium on December 7-9, 2023. Final approval of the funding agreement will come before the Leon County Board of County Commissioners in October. The event is expected to bring over 30,000 student-athletes, coaches and fans into Leon County, with an estimated economic impact of over $11 million.

In 2022, the FHSAA reclassified high school football to 1M-4M, 1S-4S and 1R, with a total of 9 champions being crowned. In 2019, 2021, and 2022 Gene Cox Stadium hosted the 1A-3A and newly classified 1M, 1S, 2S, and 1R championships. In 2020, the 1A-8A championships were hosted at Doak Campbell Stadium. This year's championship event will be historic as it is the first time that the FHSAA will host the 9 team classifications all in a single location and the first time the entire championships will be hosted at a Historically Black College.

"Leon County is dedicated to cultivating an inviting atmosphere for athletes, coaches, and spectators from around the state for this exciting event,” said Leon County Commission Chairman  Nick Maddox. “We are thrilled to be selected and partner with Florida A&M University to host a memorable championship, pending Board approval.”

All nine games of the FHSAA Football State Championships will take place at Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium to accommodate the larger crowds anticipated with the state competition and to allow for a true championship experience for all. Three games will be played each day of the Championships and a final schedule by classification will be provided on FHSAA.com after the regional finals conclude.

"If approved by the Board in October, hosting all of the FHSAA football championship games would be a significant boost to the County's local tourism economy," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "Our County Tourism team continuously searches for opportunities just like this one, which leads to record tourism growth year after year."

Tickets will be sold online only at a presale rate of $17 and $20 if purchased the day of the game. Parking fees are included in the price of the ticket.

“We are honored to again host the FHSAA football state championships in their entirety this year,” said Kerri L. Post, Director of Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee). “We look forward to welcoming fans from around the state to enjoy three days of state championship football at FAMU’s Bragg Memorial Stadium and to explore the vibrant and friendly community here in Tallahassee-Leon County.”

“The FHSAA is excited about the upcoming Florida High School Football State Championships to be hosted at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee,” said FHSAA Executive Director Craig Damon. “Creating opportunities for our student-athletes is a top priority of ours and finding a facility large enough to host the whole series in one location and welcome thousands that wish to attend, is a dream come true. We have worked with the folks at Visit Tallahassee and in Leon County for many years now with great success and we could not be more grateful for their efforts in making these championships a quality experience for the student-athletes of the State of Florida.”

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top public Historic Black College and University (HBCU) for five years, Florida A&M University recently underwent an extensive renovation of Bragg Memorial Stadium to enhance its facilities and overall infrastructure. These renovations modernized the stadium, providing a more comfortable and engaging experience for both athletes and spectators.

“It is an honor to partner with Leon County and the FHSAA to host the championship in our newly renovated  Bragg Memorial Stadium,” said Tiffani-Dawn Sykes, FAMU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “This is an incredible opportunity to showcase FAMU statewide and welcome tens of thousands of high school football fans to Bragg Memorial Stadium.”

To learn more about the FHSAA, visit FHSAA.com. For more media information contact Katie Kole, Senior Marketing Director, Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee at (850) 606-2324 office or kolek@leoncountyfl.gov.


About the Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. The Capital of Cross Country, Tallahassee-Leon County is home to the internationally recognized cross-country course at Apalachee Regional Park, which will serve as the host for the 2026 World Athletics Cross Country Championships. In 2022 Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 2.3 million visitors who contributed $1.2 Billion in economic impact and accounts for more than 14,708 people employed in our community in the tourism & hospitality industry. For more information, go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #iHeartTally and #Trailahassee.


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