COLUMBUS, Ohio – The OHSAA announced yesterday that the Ohio High School Athletic Association StateFootball Championship will be moving back to Canton at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. After Thursday’s 9-0 vote the tentative agreement to return to Canton was solidified. The seven games will be played at the new facility in Canton.
The games were played in Canton for twenty-four years in Stark County from 1990-2013. The last three championships (2014, 2015 and 2016) were played at Ohio Stadium allowing for the renovations to take place at the Canton facility.
“When we first secured the state championships in 1990, we assured the OHSAA that Stark County would produce what would ultimately become the gold standard for high school football,” President & CEO Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Dennis Saunier said. “For the nearly a quarter century, players, coaches, students and fans experienced a well organized community that embraced the spirit of high school excellence.
“With completion of Tom Benson Stadium and the building of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, the experience will be the best in the nation. Welcome home OHSAA.”