MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), announced that the Super 6 state football championships will continue their rotation at Auburn and Tuscaloosa through 2020. The news came during Wednesday’s al.com Champions Challenge press conference.
The AHSAA and the cities of Auburn and Tuscaloosa extended the current contract, insuring that the Super 6 will continue at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa for 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. Auburn, which hosted the 2010 Super 6 Championships, is hosting this year’s Super 6 finals Dec. 6-7.
“We are proud to extend the Super 6 contract with these fine communities,” Savarese said. “This solidifies our football championships through the rest of this decade and insures that our student-athletes and schools will be afforded the experience of life-long memories.”
The Super 6 championships were hosted in Birmingham from 1996-2008. The games were moved to Tuscaloosa in 2009 and 2011 and were held at Auburn in 2010.
“We’re proud that (the AHSAA) recognized the investment of our time and our willingness to serve the young people of Alabama, in particular the football players, and giving them an event that’s worthy of their state championship,” said Auburn-Opelika Sports Council President Ron Anders. “That will be our intention to make that bigger and better as we go through the years.”
The original contract started in 2009 and was to run through 2014 – a six-year deal that allowed Alabama and Auburn to host the Super 6 three times each. The new deal extends the current deal six more seasons.
Don Staley, who managed the Super 6 championships at Tuscaloosa in 2009 and 2011, said the extension is a win-win situation for both communities and the AHSAA. He said witnessing first-hand the impact the experience has on players and coaches showed him just how meaningful the experience is to the participants.