As speculated for several months, all 2015Â TexasÂ state football championship games will be played atÂ Houstonâ€™s NRG Stadium.
MyFoxHouston.comÂ cited â€œsources familiar with the process,â€ who stated the University Interscholastic League (UIL) had selectedÂ HoustonÂ over the Alamodome inÂ San Antonio, the only other available option.
However, the UIL refused to confirm or deny the report.Â Â Deputy Executive Director Dr. Jamey Harrison toldÂ MyFoxHouston, â€œAs part of theÂ UniversityÂ ofÂ TexasÂ we simply canâ€™t comment on things like venue agreements or any decisions until we have a fully executed agreement.â€
The move relocates the title games from the Metroplex to theÂ BayouÂ City.Â Â Since 2010,Â Arlingtonâ€™s AT&T Stadium aka Jerry World has hosted the three-day extravaganza.
The 2013 Class 6A Division I championship between Allen and Pearland drew 54,347 fans.Â Â Last year, the 12 title games saw a combined attendance of 260,654, an increase of 11.8 percent from 2013.
Although the UIL held a one-year extension agreement, the National Football League (NFL) prompted the organizationâ€™s relocation decision.Â Â The league office scheduled a contest between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets forÂ Saturday, December 19, to be telecast on the NFL Network and informed the UIL the date was set in stone.
â€œAll of us knew we had a one-year option remaining that included the 2015 games,â€ UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt told KVET.Â Â â€œSomewhere along the line, there was some miscommunication, and the Cowboys thought we werenâ€™t going to exercise that option.â€
The stadium change should please coaches, players, and fans of Houston-area high schools.Â Â Complaints have surfaced over the years that Metroplex teams enjoyed significant benefits by playing the title games near their home turf.
For the future, it remains to be seen whether the UIL opts to rotate championship sites betweenÂ Arlington,Â Houston, andÂ San Antonio, or returns them to AT&T Stadium permanently.
â€œI really would like to get this solidified,â€Â HarrisonÂ told Matt Wixon of theÂ Dallas Morning NewsÂ last May.Â â€œI think this is better if we have a destination and we can build that tradition, just like we did here inÂ AustinÂ with the basketball tournament.â€