SACRAMENTO TO HOST CIF STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced today that Sacramento has been selected to host the CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games beginning in 2015 through 2017, at Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State campus. This will be the first time since the inception of the bowl game format in 2006 that the State Championship Games will be played in Northern California. The 2014 State Football Championship Bowl Games are being played in Carson, CA this weekend.
“The CIF is pleased to bring the State Football Championship Bowl Games to Sacramento State,” said CIF Executive Director Roger Blake. “We are excited to be holding this event at a facility which has hosted events such as the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships and will allow for a memorable experience for our student-athletes.”
“Attracting the CIF state football championships to Sacramento has been a very high priority of ours, and we look forward to welcoming teams and fans from around the state,” said Steve Hammond, President & CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. “While these championship games bring measurable economic impact to the region, they also offer tremendous marketing and exposure opportunities that continue to position Sacramento as a premiere sports destination.”
Sacramento State is no stranger to hosting high school football events, having hosted CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games in 2012 and 2014. Hornet Stadium has also hosted several high-profile events, most recently the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships. Additionally the stadium has also hosted the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials for U.S. Track & Field, the 2010 USA Masters Championships and 2010 USA Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, and the 2011 World Masters Championships. Sacramento State has also been home to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
"Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission have become great partners while bringing premier sporting events to this great city and we are excited to add the high school state championships to the ever-growing list," Sacramento State Interim Director of Athletics Bill Macriss said. "It is exciting to know the goal of every high school football player in the state is to make it to Sacramento State."
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome the best high school football teams in California to Sacramento,” said Mike Sophia, Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “The CIF is a tremendous organization and a great partner, and we are committed to providing a true championship experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans.”
For more information on the CIF State Football Championship bowl games, visit www.sacsports.com as the event approaches.