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State football finals leaving Carson

12/19/2014, 9:14pm PST
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Sac State's Hornet Stadium to host CIF championship games

Madison cheers its state bowl championship at Carson in 2012.

— The CIF State Football Championship Bowls are moving, starting next season.

Instead of returning to the StubHub Center, Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium will be the home of the championship games for the next three years (2015-17), CIF Executive Director Roger Blake announced Friday afternoon.

Sacramento State, with a capacity of 21,195 and an artificial playing surface, hosted regional football championship games in 2012 and this year.

“We are excited to be holding this event at a facility which has hosted events such as the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships and will allow for a memorable experience for our student athletes,” Blake said in a news release.

Sacramento State would be the site for all state championship games under the current format of five divisions. That number could increase under a proposal to involve all the champions from the California Interscholastic Federation’s 10 sections. In that case, Sacramento State would serve as the main host site.

“Part of the overall experience is the travel,” Oceanside coach John Carroll said. “Teams that have to travel down here stay in a nice hotel, it’s a team bonding thing. This late in the year you don’t need team bonding.

“It would be an adventure for the players, but it is draining.”

Oceanside (2007, 2009), Cathedral Catholic (2008), Bishop’s (2010), Helix (2011) and Madison (2012) have been San Diego Section teams that captured state championships in the Carson home of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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