The University Interscholastic League (UIL) added a new wrinkle to the Texas football state championship schedule Thursday.
For the first time, all Texas public school state championship games will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Dec. 14 and Dec. 19-21.
Six-man championships will be included in the schedule after being held at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium for the last four seasons. The Class 3A Division I game will also be held on the same weekend as the other classifications.
“For the first time ever, all football state qualifying teams will have the unique and extraordinary experience of playing at AT&T Stadium,” said UIL Director of Athletics Mark Cousins. “We will work with AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys organization to make this year’s championship event the best yet.”
It will mark the fourth year that all state title games in all conferences have played at pre-determined sites and the third consecutive season that all 11-man games have been held at AT&T (formerly Cowboys) Stadium.
The move of the Class 3A Division I game makes it a 10-game weekend Dec. 19-21. That game had been held a week prior because that bracket had fewer games.
The addition of a fourth playoff team in all Class 3A districts evened up the number of playoff games in each bracket.
Thursday will feature the four championship games of Class A and 2A. Friday will hold both Class 3A championships along with Class 4A Division I.
Saturday will start with the Class 4A Division II championship and end with the two Class 5A title games.
The two six-man title games will be played the Saturday prior.