William & Mary Chosen to Host VHSL 3A, 4A Football Championships

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Zable Stadium will serve as the new home for the VHSL's Group 3A and 4A state football championships. (Photo courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
Zable Stadium will serve as the new home for the VHSL’s Group 3A and 4A state football championships. (Photo courtesy of Tribe Athletics)

The College of William & Mary has been chosen as the host site for the Virginia High School League’s Group 3A and 4A state football championships for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

The Group 3A and 4A state football championships were previously held at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

VHSL Communications Director Mike McCall said the bid to host the championships put forth by William & Mary was appealing to the VHSL Executive Committee for multiple reasons.

“It was a strong bid with the facilities, the city of Williamsburg and the commitment from William & Mary,” McCall said.  “When the Executive Committee saw their bid, they decided it would be a good fit for our championships. It all came together as a perfect fit for our football championships.”

In terms of facilities, William & Mary will be able to show off its Zable Stadium renovations, which will include a new upper deck, suites, press box, new restroom facilities, improved lighting and additional concession and retail locations.

The renovations are expected to be completed ahead of William & Mary’s Sept. 17 home opener.

Lafayette Head Football Coach Andy Linn, whose team played Magna Vista in the Group 3A state championship game in 2014, said he would have loved the opportunity to play the state championship game at William & Mary instead of Liberty University.

However, Linn also said he is torn on whether he likes the prospect of playing in the state championship game so close to home.

“It’s great for the fan base and we’ll be able to get more fans from this side of the state,” he said. “However, I’m not as fond of my kids staying at their houses the night before a big game. I like to be able to check on them in their hotel rooms to make sure everybody is doing what they need to be doing.”