Football State Championship Game Changes in Peach State

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Georgia High School Association voted
unanimously today to hold all five state football championship
games at the Georgia Dome in 2008 and 2009.
The Dome, which began hosting every G-H-S-A semifinal in 1996,
will serve in the same capacity on December 7th and 8th this year.
In 2008, however, the 10 semifinals will return to local high
schools with the winners advancing to Atlanta. Contracts between
the G-H-S-A and the Georgia World Congress Authority, which
operates the state-owned indoor stadium, run for two years.
If the championships become a fixture at the Dome, the
semifinals will stay at local schools.
High school stadiums can't hold big crowds. All five host
schools last year oversold their ticket allotment, and 2006 also
marked the first time since 1973 that the state's largest
classification had to move its championship to a neutral site.
The vote today took place in Forsyth at the G-H-S-A's annual
spring meeting. The executive committee consists of one
representative from each of the state's 40 athletic regions and
five classifications.
The committee also voted to abolish co-championships and use
overtime if football or soccer title games are tied at the end of
regulation time.

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