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FHSAA Flag Football State Championships heading to Gainesville

Citizens Field in Gainesville is home to many high school athletic events each school year. This photo is from the Buchholz vs. Gainesville city rivalry played just prior to Hurricane Matthew on Thursday Oct. 6, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Wilson/FHSF)
Citizens Field selected to host a state championship event for the first time in 50-plus year history of the stadium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After months of deciding where to place the FHSAA Flag Football State Championships, a decision has been made with the games slated to commence one month from today.

The FHSAA announced Wednesday afternoon that Citizens Field in Gainesville will host the Flag Football State Championships on May 19-20, according to a press release sent out by the association.

Citizens Field will be the fourth different venue the Flag Football State Championships will have been played at over the last five years with Robinson High School serving as the most recent host.

This will be the second FHSAA event to be hosted in Gainesville this school year after Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center hosted the 2017 FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championships back in January with the Gainesville Sports Commission serving as the host organization.

The contract agreement between the FHSAA and the Gainesville Sports Commission is a one-year agreement with an option to extend the partnership an additional two years.

All six games which include four state semifinal games and two state championship games in Classes 1A and 2A will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 19. All games will be streamed live on the NFHS Network.

Tickets for the 2017 FHSAA Flag Football State Championships will be $8 per session. Friday’s semifinal games will count as one session, while Saturday’s state championship games will count as the second session. Parking will be provided at no charge.

GAME SCHEDULE

Friday, May 19
10:00 a.m. — Class 1A Semifinal #1
11:30 a.m. — Class 1A Semifinal #2
1:00 p.m. — Class 2A Semifinal #1
2:30 p.m. — Class 2A Semifinal #2

Saturday, May 20
10:00 a.m. — Class 1A State Championship
11:30 a.m. — Class 2A State Championship

ABOUT CITIZENS FIELD

Citizens Field is the main stadium serving the three Alachua County public high schools in the city of Gainesville. Those schools include Gainesville High, Buchholz High, and Eastside High. Citizens Field hosts football games during the fall, soccer games during the winter, and lacrosse matchups during the spring.

Citizens Field is located at 1400 NE 8th Ave in Gainesville which is near the intersection of NE 8th Ave. and NE Waldo Road (SR 24).

How To Get to Citizens Field

From Tampa Bay, Central Florida and South Florida (Fastest Route) — Take I-75 North to Exit 382 (Williston Road/SR 121/SR 331; exit ramp is a cloverleaf). Take a left at the traffic light on to Williston Road and continue on Williston Road for 5.5 miles to NE 8th Ave. Take a left at the traffic light onto NE 8th Ave and then turn right onto NE 14th St and the stadium will be on the right.

From Tallahassee/Panhandle (Fastest Route) — Take I-75 South to Exit 382 (Williston Road/SR 121/SR 331). Take a left at the traffic light onto Williston Road and continue on Williston Road for 5.6 miles to NE 8th Ave. Take a left at the traffic light onto NE 8th Ave and then turn right onto NE 14th St and the stadium will be on the right.

From Jacksonville (Fastest Route) — Take US 301 South to SR 24 in Waldo by exiting at the ramp before the overpass. Continue on SR 24 for 12.5 miles until you see the stadium on the right side of the highway prior to NE 8th Ave.

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