LANSING, Mich. — The uncertainty of where to play the high school football championship games has been around since the season started. For many fans, it’s an easy decision: Ford Field.
For the MHSAA, it’s not that simple.
“We’re in a place right now where were not bringing in a lot of revenue because of ticket sales, and not having any ticket or tournament events before this past week,” said MHSAA representative Geoff Kimmerly.
Money, safety, and zero fans have all played a role in this process. The MHSAA executive staff is working with Ford Field weekly, hoping to make it work despite the pandemic.
“We are still working to figure out some of those details, including what kinds of fans, how many fans. Rather, we’d be able to allow in the building if that’s possible and how much we think it would cost just to make things work for both sides,” said Kimmerly.
In the case where it’s not held at Ford Field, there are talks of a fallback plan-such as holding the finals at high schools.
“Ford Field is certainly in the conversation right now," Kimmerly said. "We’d love to be back there, if that’s possible. But, also it’s very important for us to have some sort of audience, especially with parents and things like that.”
The MHSAA is hoping to make a decision in the next few weeks as the matchup for the playoffs are being announced this coming Sunday.
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