BATON ROUGE (September 30, 2011) – Over the last few months, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and the Louisiana Superdome have been in negotiations to solidify a contract for the LHSAA Prep Football Classic.
“We are proud to announce that an agreement has been made and the state football championships will remain in New Orleans for the next five years,” said Executive Director, Kenny Henderson. “The Superdome has been the home to this exceptional event since the early 1980’s and it is great to know that it will remain there.”
Adds Superdome General Manager Alan Freeman, "Keeping the LHSAA Football Prep Classic in New Orleans, and at the Superdome, is of paramount importance to us. We want to insure that the Superdome is viewed as an asset for all residents of Louisiana. Every year this great event attracts teams and fans from all corners of the state."
The LHSAA has also made some significant changes to the LHSAA / State Farm Prep Classic schedule of play for the 2011 State Championships that will differ from past years. The game times have been extended to allow more time between games and the conventional itinerary of classifications has been altered to better accommodate the spectators. Games will begin Friday, December 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM and Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM.
LHSAA / State Farm Prep Classic Schedule:
Friday, December 9, 2011:
3:00 PM – Class 1A State Championship
7:00 PM – Class 4A State Championship
Saturday, December 10, 2011:
11:00 AM – Class 2A State Championship
3:00 PM – Class 3A State Championship
7:00 PM – Class 5A State Championship
Ticket prices for General Admission will remain the same at $13.00 for advanced ticket sales and $15.00 if purchased at the event. New for this year is an opportunity for fans to buy reserved seats on the Plaza Level which will guarantee seats in the lower bowl for all of the games each particular day. The reserved seats on the Plaza Level will also have access to the two new Bunker Club Lounges which were constructed during the recent renovations to the Superdome.
About the LHSAA
The mission of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association is to direct and regulate the interscholastic athletics of our member schools while promoting fair and equitable competition that is in the best interests of our student-athletes. The LHSAA administers 110 championship events a year in 25 different sports programs, and certifies the eligibility of approximately 90,000 student-athletes, 8,000 coaches and 5,000 officials on a yearly basis.