Prep football: CHSAA sets new seating standards for football state title games
Post Independent Sports Editor
Small schools in Colorado that make it to the state championship football game in 2013 might have to make some impromptu renovations to their respective football stadiums, according to a document provided by the Colorado High School Activities Association recently.
The changes for the upcoming high school football season were outlined by CHSAA’s Early Season Football Procedures and Rules booklet, which was distributed in April.
In Article C of the second page of the booklet, it states that the Class “3A championship game will move back to the home site.” The Class 3A football state championship game has been played at Legacy Stadium in Aurora each year since 2007.
Legacy Stadium has been a familiar site for schools from Garfield County. Glenwood Springs defeated Fort Morgan, 23-14, in the 2008 title game, and the Demons lost to Elizabeth, 29-6, in the 2010 state championship. Last season, Rifle played Silver Creek at Legacy Stadium for the state championship, falling to the Raptors, 32-15.
Another change CHSAA made was with the seating capacity required for state championship games. Teams reaching the state title game in football classes A6, A8, 1A and 2A, must accommodate for “a seating capacity equal to twice the maximum enrollment of the respective classification.”
For example, Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale plays in the 1A classification for football, which requires enrollments of 136 to 300 students. So if the Rams were to make the 1A state championship game, their football field would be required to seat no less than 600 people.
The accommodation requirements would go up with the classifications. Schools like Coal Ridge and Grand Valley of Parachute, each of which play in Class 2A, would be required to accommodate two times the enrollment limit of 599, or 1,198 fans.
At the 3A level, “the championship site must accommodate a seating capacity equal to or greater than 2,500,” according to the booklet. It also says that playoff schools which can not meet that seating-capacity standard must designate a regional site prior to their first postseason contest.
Neither Bears Stadium in Rifle or Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood Springs has a seating capacity which meets that standard. The closest football stadium which meets that standard would be Stoker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Colorado Mesa University’s Website lists the seating capacity of Stoker Stadium as 8,000.
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