GEORGIA — Milton and Blessed Trinity will go down as the only local teams to win football state championships at Mercedes Benz Stadium, at least for the foreseeable future.
The GHSA announced May 7 the 2019 football state championships will be contested at Georgia State Stadium.
Mercedes Benz Stadium began hosting the state finals in 2017, but the GHSA has been forced to contend with unfortunate circumstances and scheduling conflicts.
Just two of the eight state championship games were played at the stadium in 2017 after the GHSA chose to postpone games due to icy road conditions. Blessed Trinity’s matchup with Marist for the Class 4A state championship was delayed and was eventually held at Marist in freezing conditions with BT winning its first state title.
The 2018 finals were also delayed after Atlanta United reached the MLS Cup, forcing all eight championship games to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Many parents, fans and others voiced frustration over not being able to attend the games in person.
Blessed Trinity and Milton each reached the 2018 finals and captured championships in their respective classifications. Both teams were set to play Dec. 8 but instead won their titles Wednesday, Dec. 12 due to the scheduling conflict.
In a statement, the GHSA said it plans to hold the 2019 finals on its “usual” schedule of Friday and Saturday games.
Mercedes Benz Stadium will host five games Aug. 24 for the 2019 Corky Kell Classic.
Georgia State Stadium, formerly Turner Field, hosted two Corky Kell games in 2018, including Milton’s 21-19 win over Archer to open the Eagles’ season.