Colorado high school football championship games moved to CSU-Pueblo

For the first time in state history, all seven of Colorado’s high school football championship games will be played at one venue — the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at CSU-Pueblo.

CHSAA and Pueblo-based Friends of Football announced plans Wednesday to host the games Dec. 3-5 in Pueblo.

“This is an opportunity to showcase all seven levels of football — from schools with 30 students to schools with more than 3,000 — on the same field on the same weekend,” CHSAA assistant commissioner Adam Bright, who oversees football, said in a news release. “This will be a great culminating event to this football season.”

The games will be spread out over three days, with the schedule as follows:

  • 6-man and 8-man games — Thursday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • 2A and 4A games — Friday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • 1A, 3A and 5A games — Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

CHSAA was forced to look for other venues to host the 4A and 5A title games after COVID-19 restrictions made playing the contests at Empower Field at Mile High financially untenable for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame — the games’ traditional presenter.

The CHSAA Board of Directors approved the Pueblo venue unanimously during a meeting Tuesday night.

“The unanimous vote speaks to our confidence in this plan,” said Troy Baker, the president of the CHSAA Board of Directors, in a news release. “We are excited for Championship Weekend, and are celebrating the fact that the CHSAA staff has worked so tirelessly to put this plan together with the Friends of Football.”

CHSAA and Friends of Football have combined to host the 2A and 3A state championship games at CSU-Pueblo since 2018.

“I want to thank the Pueblo community, the leaders within the city, the leaders at CSU-Pueblo, and the Friends of Football for not only advocating for this event, but wanting this event,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said in a release. “Their work and their history has shown they want this event. It’s always great to host an event where you’re wanted. They did everything they could to make this happen.”

The state playoffs are scheduled to begin next week, with brackets to be posted on CHSAANow.com on Sunday.

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