In an announcement today from the Mississippi High School Activities Association, a four-year rotation has been set up to host the MHSAA Football State Championships at both Ole Miss’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium. Davis Wade will host the championships for the 2014 and 2016 seasons. Vaught-Hemingway will host in 2015 and 2017. The reasoning behind the two year rotation is that the stadium that will not host the annual Egg Bowl will host the MHSAA Football State Championships.
This gives a unique chance for the best high school teams in the state to play in an SEC venue and have the proverbial and literal big lights shining on them during the game. With the new expansion of Davis Wade Stadium being completed this offseason, this is a great opportunity for Mississippi State to sell themselves and the stadium to the players. I’m sure that they will require that no temporary markings that can be removed be shown distinguishing that the stadium belongs to a certain University. The reasoning behind this is for NCAA regulations and the fact that in previous years, the painting and decorations around the stadium for State Championships were MHSAA only at Memorial Stadium in Jackson which hosts Jackson State University every season.
We here at Maroon and White Nation are excited and proud that Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field will be used to hold the best of the best this season and the 2016 season. Plus it gives a preview to Mississippi State fans to see potential incoming players in a familiar setting. So when the MHSAA Football State Championships roll around, I expect to see curious Mississippi State fans and recruiting fans alike to roll into Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field to view some of the talent that will be coming into the Bulldog team the next season.