Sam Boyd Stadium will host football title games |

Sam Boyd Stadium will host football title games

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association and UNLV reached a verbal agreement on Sept. 3 to hold all four state title football games at Sam Boyd Stadium, located eight miles east of the famous Las Vegas strip.

The NIAA will conduct a 3A/2A/1A tripleheader at the 40,000-seat stadium on Saturday, Nov. 20, beginning at noon. The 4A state championship is set for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 4.

It will mark the first time since 1998 that all four title games will be held at the same site. The NIAA conducted all four championship games at Sam Boyd Stadium in one day that year, but UNLV and the non-affiliated authority that runs the stadium declared it off-limits the following year after the AstroTurf that was in place at the time was replaced by real grass.

UNLV installed FieldTurf (the same material that covers the field at UNR’s Mackay Stadium) two years ago, and the 4A state title game between McQueen and Desert Pines was staged there that season.

Last year’s 4A, 3A and 2A title games were at Reno’s Mackay Stadium, while the 1A finals were at Coronado High in Henderson.

Sam Boyd Stadium, which was modernized and expanded in 1999, was the site of all Nevada’s state title games from 1990-98.

The state championship football games are scheduled to rotate between Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada on a yearly basis.

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