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OHSAA football finals will be held at Columbus-area Fortress Obetz complex Nov. 13 and Nov. 20-22

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, November 2, 2020, 10:51 am

The Ohio High School Athletic Association football finals will be hosted next weekend at the 8,000-seat former home of the Ohio Machine professional lacrosse team, the Fortress Obetz multi-purpose sports complex outside of Columbus, the association announced Monday.

The Division I finals will be played on Friday, Nov. 13, while Divisions II to VII will be spread over the following three-day weekend (Nov. 20-22), with two games played per day. 

Moving the finals to the Fortress Obetz facility will allow the finals to better match the current attendance limitations of 1,500 socially distanced fans allowed by the Ohio Health Director’s Sports Order. 

The facility will also host the OHSAA cross country finals on Nov. 7.

“Fortress Obetz is an outstanding facility and we are grateful for the partnership with the Village of Obetz and stadium director Steve Adams,” OHSAA executive director Doug Ute said in a news release. “The teams will get to play on a fantastic field and the large grandstand will allow us to permit the maximum number of fans to see their teams play for state titles. Obetz is excited to host the football state championship games and we are pleased to find a partner during these uncertain times.” 

For the past three years, the OHSAA finals had been held at 23,000-seat Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. 

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2020 OHSAA Football State Championships Schedule

Friday, Nov. 13 – Division I state championship, 7 p.m.

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Friday, Nov. 20 – Division II, III or VII state championship, 2 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20 – Division II, III or VII state championship, 7 p.m.

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Saturday, Nov. 21 – Division II, III, IV, V, VI or VII state championship, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21 – Division II, III, IV, V, VI or VII state championship, 7 p.m.

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Sunday, Nov. 22 – Division IV, V or VI state championship, Noon

Sunday, Nov. 22 – Division IV, V or VI state championship, 5 p.m.