Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa, AHSAA Value Super 6 Championships

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa, AHSAA Value Super 6 Championships

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TUSCALOOSA | The Super 6 Championships -- the Alabama High School Athletic Association's six state football title games -- return to

Bryant-Denny Stadium in December, and the host organization will stick with its game plan: consistency and hospitality.

The Class 1A, 3A and 5A championships will be played Dec. 5, with the 2A, 4A and 6A championship games Dec. 6.

Don Staley, executive director of the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, said looking back on the years it has been held in Tuscaloosa, the key to an exceptional event is catering to the audience and continuing to do things that the organization does well.

"We look to see the positive and negatives in both cities. The association sees few flaws, but one thing is to improve the awareness of the Super 6 in social media."

The Super 6 games were played in Birmingham from 1996-2008. They moved to Tuscaloosa and Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium in alternating years starting in 2009, and the contract has been extended: The games will be played in Tuscaloosa in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and in Auburn in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Staley said the host organization can also improve on communications between the team of event hosts and the hotels. Staley is already working with a host staff to ensure things are ready come December.

Staley also said he hopes to see more local teams make it to increase attendance because more people come out to support area teams and it amplifies the experience.

Nevertheless, Staley guaranteed hospitality will always be top priority.

"We will just continue to roll out the red carpet for them and provide great customer service for all who is in attendance," he said.

Steve Savarese, executive director of the AHSAA, said that with more than 100,000 people attending the Super 6 in the last two years, the association made a great move by putting the games in Tuscaloosa and Auburn.

"We are elated and thankful that our cities and the Central Board of Control had the foresight to allow these games to continue to be played in these stadiums," Savarese said.

Ron Ingram, AHSAA director of communications, said young athletes have a great opportunity to play in the stadiums where the University of Alabama and Auburn University play. …

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