All University Interscholastic League football state championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the UIL recently announced.
The 11-man and six-man football championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium, with a schedule placing all 12 games in a four-day span. The 2018 championship games will take place Wednesday through Saturday, December 19-22.
“We are pleased to bring the UIL Football State Championships back to AT&T Stadium for another two years,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “The UIL is excited to showcase the best high school football in Texas during this unique championship experience.”
The first day of the state championship games will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, with season finale games for 1A Six-Man Division 1 and 2 state games, as well as the state contest for 2A Division 1.
Schools competing for state championships in 2A Division 2 and both 3A Division 1 and 2 classifications will see action on the gridiron on Thursday, Dec. 20.
On the schedule for Friday, Dec. 21 will be the state championship bouts for both 4A Division 1 and 2, as well as 5A Division 1.
State football action will wrap up with final games for 5A Division 2 and both 6A Division 1 and 2 on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The UIL has determined the site of the largest conference state championships since 2006, and all conferences have played at pre-determined locations since 2010. AT&T Stadium hosted all 11-man championship games from 2011-2014 and 2016-17. The six-man championship games were hosted at AT&T Stadium 2016-17.
Practice drills for the 2018 football season for 5A and 6A schools without spring training, as well as 1A-4A and incoming ninth grade players is Monday, Aug. 6, while the first day of contact is Friday, Aug. 10 and the first scrimmage day on Friday, Aug. 17.
The Bullard Panther varsity football program will prepare for the upcoming 2018 season by beginning the annual two-a-day practices Monday, Aug. 6.