AHSAA changes basketball venue

Published 6:39 pm Monday, June 29, 2009

By By Adam Robinson
Sports Editor

Just like the Super Six football venue has been changed from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa and Auburn, the Alabama High School Athletic Association has made another change — this one in basketball and track.
The association announced Tuesday that two venues in the AHSAA basketball and track championship programs have been changed for the 2009-10 school year, according to an announcement by Executive Director Steve Savarese.         
The University of South Alabama in Mobile will host the 2010 South Regional Basketball Tournament at the Mitchell Center Feb. 16-20 and Birmingham-Southern College will host the 2010 State Track & Field Championships for Classes 1A, 2A and 3A April 30-May 1.
The South regional in basketball was held in Mobile at the Mitchell Center until 2007, when it was moved to Troy University where it has been the past three years.
The AHSAA’s deal with South Alabama runs through 2012, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese told the Mobile Press-Register newspaper.
Ron Ingram said that South Alabama bid on it and it was accepted.
T.R. Miller Lady Tiger basketball head coach Ron Jackson, who guided his team to the 2009 3A state championship as has made many trips to both Mobile and Troy, said the change does not matter to him.
In track, the state track and field championships for 1A, 2A, and 3A were held in Gulf Shores along with the 4A, 5A, and 6A results.
Originally, the meet was set to be held in Troy, but was pushed back a week due to swine flu outbreaks in the state.
The semi-final and championship games for basketball will still be held at the BJCC in Birmingham.
The Super 6 Championships for football will now be played in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn on a rotating basis through 2014, starting this December at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 
The Super 6 Championships have previously been held at Birmingham’s Legion Field every year since 1996.
Prior to 1996, the Class 6A state championship game was held at Legion Field, but the other five classifications played at home sites.
One other change made to the AHSAA Super Six football state championship games will be the games will now be held in a two-day format instead of the original three-day format.
Games have been changed to Thursday and Friday nights with three games being played a night.
The original format was a three-day format with games being held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Two classifications were played each night with the bigger schools usually concluding the event on Saturday.
The schedule change means those Super 6 games will not conflict with college football games on Saturday.

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