MSHSAA’s state championship football games will be back at Mizzou for both weekends starting in 2018. MSHSAA selected the University of Missouri’s Memorial Stadium as the championship venue for the next five years.
Class 6 and 8-man championships will play the weekend of Thanksgiving. This upcoming season with Mizzou hosting Arkansas on the traditional Black Friday game, the two high school games will be played on Saturday. When the Tigers are on the road, the high school championship games will be played on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Jason West of MSHSAA told me that in the event the Mizzou-Arkansas game ever moves back to Saturday after Thanksgiving, MSHSAA will have to move their championship venue to another location such as Columbia’s Hickman High School. MSHSAA would not be able to play the Friday before due to walk-throughs and game day prep.
Classes 1 through 5 will now be played the first weekend in December. 2018 will mark the first time in Missouri HS football history that the championships will be played in December.
The first weekend for high school football is the weekend of August 24th and 25th.
MSHSAA also signed a three-year extension to continue the volleyball championships on the campus of SEMO in Cape Girardeau through 2020.