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Doak to host state football title games

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Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium will host the state’s Class A-8A football championship games on Dec. 16-19.

Some games were intended to be held at Gene Cox Stadium just a few miles away at the North Florida Fairgrounds but with the pandemic officials opted for social distancing and using the larger stadium.

“Leon County is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment to athletes, coaches and spectators, allowing them to safely experience some unforgettable championship games,” Leon County Commission Chairman Rick Minor said in a statement.

Two games will be played each day. Brackets will be updated and times listed on FHSAA.com.

“Hosting all divisions together in 2020 at FSU’s Doak Campbell Stadium is a testament to the County’s community partnerships with Leon County Schools and Florida State University to create a safe, competitive environment that will continue to drive sports tourism here in Leon County,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long.

FSU should realize recruiting advantages, even during an NCAA-mandated dead period (which now runs to April 15, 2021). While coach Mike Norvell and staff can not meet face to face with prospects, those players will be able to play inside the stadium and tour the campus.

It’s not immediately clear what financial revenue split would be arranged between FSU and the FHSAA, which sanctions the state’s athletics programs.

Officials with Visit Tallahassee estimate an economic impact of about $4 million for Leon County, with travelers spending money on hotel stays, restaurants and other businesses.

All tickets will be sold online only at a presale rate of $15, and $18 if purchased the day of the game. An advanced parking rate of $3 is included in the price of each ticket.