No championship high school football was played in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium. The Georgia High School Association postponed title games due to the snowy weather and heavy traffic in Atlanta for Friday and Saturday.
The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium was scheduled to host eight state title games where four games were to be played on Friday and Saturday; however, just half of those games will not be played this weekend.
At 9 a.m. Friday, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) sent out an email and social media announcement stated that “We are on schedule. “No problems in Atlanta.” Then about 1:49 p.m. on Friday, a postponement announcement was released over social media. This announcement occurred after snowfall had begun in some parts of the state and families and schools had already left the day before or on Friday morning. The late response did not go over well with schools and fans alike.
GHSA said the games will be played next weekend and the tickets will be honored at the championship games played at the host schools instead of the Mercedes-Benz stadium.
Some fans suggested on social media to move the games to Sunday since there is no Falcons game scheduled; however, that was not part of the GHSA’s postponement announcement.
Earlier this year, two bills were introduced in the Georgia House and Senate (HB 415 and SB 203) to do away with the GHSA and replace the organization under State Board of Education control. If under state control, there would be bid for contract process allowing other, other organizations to manage the state’s athletic rules and regulations. The legislation was sparked due to alleged incompetency within the GHSA and a multitude of complaints from parents and school officials throughout the state.
The influence of the bills sparked the retirement of former Executive Director Gary Phillips to step down and GHSA named Robin Hines as the new Executive Director.